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COLLECTIONS 


HISTORY    OF    ALBANY, 


FROM    ITS 


DISCOVERY  TO  THE  PRESENT  TIME, 


Notices  oi  its  |3ui)Uc  ^nistitutions, 


BIOGRAPHICAL  SKETCHES  OF  CITIZENS  DECEASED. 


VOL.  II. 


ALBANY,  N.  Y.: 
J.  MUNSELL,  82  STATE  STREET. 

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PREFACE 


Tins  second  volume  of  tlie  Historical  Collections,  the  pub- 
lisher trusts,  will  be  found  to  be  a  successful  continuation  of 
the  new  series,  and  of  its  predecessor,  the  Annals  of  Albany. 
Although  the  present  and  the  past  have  been  intermingled, 
as  in  the  previous  volumes,  with  little  regard  to  time  or 
subject,  yet  by  the  aid  of  the  index,  which  embraces  every 
name  and  topic  mentioned  in  the  work,  it  may  be  readily 
consulted  for  any  thing  it  contains.  The  City  Records  are 
brought  down  to  the  close  of  the  year  1788,  and  show,  among 
other  matters  of  interest,  the  first  efforts  of  the  city  govern- 
ment for  the  promotion  of  public  education.  The  ISTotes 
from  the  E'ewspapers  embrace  the  annals  of  four  years,  from 
1861  to  1864.  In  these  the  records  of  the  victims  of  the 
late  war  have  been  more  brief  than  could  be  wished,  as 
they  were  taken  from  the  reports  of  the  press,  which  being 
hastily  forwarded  by  telegraph,  were  often  vague  and  unau- 
thenticated,  and  the  dates  so  indefinitely  expressed,  that 
frequently  the  time  of  death  could  not  with  certainty  be 
ascertained,  much  less  other  desirable  facts.  But  the  monu- 
ment which  the  Rev.  Dr.  Clark  has  contributed  to  their 
memory  in  his  Heroes  of  Albany,  fortunately  answers  more 
fully  the  desired  end  than  could  possibly  have  been  attained 
in  this  work  under  any  circumstances.  The  descendants  of 
Anneke  Janse,  it  will  be  seen,  are  not  wholly  overlooked,  a 
genealogical  list  of  a  portion  of  them  having  been  kindly 
contributed  by  Prof   Pearson,  of  Union  College.      A   list  of 


iv  Preface. 

the  baptisms  in  tlie  Dutch  church  in  All)any,  from  1683  to 
1800,  with   the   names   of  the   parents   and    sponsors,  which 
was    also    prepared   for   this   volume   by   Prof.    Pearson,   has 
been   deferred  to   the   next,  for   the   purpose   of  giving  it  a 
more    careful    revision,    and   of  adding   important   notes   and 
explanations,  which  will  render  it  of  great  service  to   their 
posterity,  as  well  as  to  the  r,-enealogist,  particularly  in  nume- 
rous instances  where   family  names   have    undergone   radical 
changes.      It   would   be  very  satisfactory  to  the  publisher  if 
he  could  present  accounts  of  a  greater  number  of  the  exist- 
ing and  active  institutions  of  the  city.      He  respectfully  sug- 
gests to  the  curators  and  managers  of  such  institutions,  that 
they  avail  themselves  of  future  volumes  to  place  the  history  of 
their  organizations,  whether  religious,  charitable,  literary,  sci- 
entific, or  commercial,  upon   record.      If,  also,  the  friends  of 
deceased  citizens  would  furnish  sketches  of  their  personal  his- 
tory, it  would  be  a  public  benefit,  as  well  as  an  act  of  piety 
to  the  memory  of  their  kinsmen.     The  sketches  contained  in 
these  volumes  have  been  gathered  from  the  newspapers,  and 
though  the  best  that  could  be   had,    may   perhaps,    in    some 
instances,  be  regarded  by  their  friends  as  meagre  and  unsatis- 
factory; yet  they  serve  the  purpose  of  an  index  to  those  events, 
pointing  to  further  research.     With  these  brief  remarks,  the 
volume  is  respectfully  submitted  for  the  public  approbation, 
with    the    hope    that   the    countenance   it    shall   receive    will 
afford  sufficient  encouragement  to  publish  additional  historical 
materials  as  they  accumulate,  and  thus  preserve  them  from 
the  chances   of  destruction. 


CONTENTS. 


PAGE. 

Albany  Fifty  Years  ago, 9 

The  Albany  Theatre, 32 

Notes  from  the  Newspapers, 68 

Albany  Medical  College, 219 

Meeting  of  the  Scientific  Association, 229 

University  of  Albany  —  Department  of  Law, 230 

Medical  Society  of  the  County  of  Albany,...  232 

The  Rev.  John  N.  Campbell,  D.D., 234 

Dudley  Reformed  Protestant  Church, 225 

The  City  Records,...; 236 

Pinkster  Festivities  in  Albany  Sixty  Years  ago, 323 

Albany  as  seen  by  Tourists, 328 

The  Rev.  Isaac  Fidler  — 1832,  328 

Reginald  Fowler,  Esq.,  sojourns  in  iVlbany, 329 

Dr.  Charles  Stuart  sees  Albany, 331 

Fearon's  Report  of  Albany, 333 

Benjamin  Silliman  Inspects  the  City  — 1819,  335 

Charles  Mackay  in  Albany  — 1858, 340 

George  Combe  in  Albany  — 1838-1840, 343 

William  Chambers  in  Albany  — 1853, 353 

A  Citizen  of  the  World  in  Albany  — 1829,  355 

Journal  of  Jasper  Dankers  and  Peter  Sluyter —  1680,  358 

Diary  of  Rev.  Samuel  Chandler  —  1755,  ...  373 

Albany  Sketched  by  Kingdom, 375 

Fanny  Fern  fuit  Fort-Orange, 376 

The  Conflagration  of  1793, 378 

Character  and  Eccentricities  of  the  Slave  Pomp,  382 


vi  Contents. 

PAGE. 

Albany  Churches  in  the  Olden  Time, 384 

Albany  African  Church, 387 

The  Capitol  at  Albany, 388 

Dr.  William  Adams, o 389 

The  Hill  in  Olden  Time,  390 

West  Albany  — 1862, 391 

Early  Temperance  Movements,  397 

State  Bank  — Elkanah  Watson's  account  of  its  Origin, 398 

The  Tale  of  the  Whale,  405 

Halenbeek  Burial  Ground, 410 

Hendrik  Halenbeek's  Will, 412 

Halenbeek  Genealogy,  415 

Origin  of  the  Baptist  Church  in  Albany, 417 

John  Barclay, 418 

Albany  in  1800 419 

Albany  in  1820,  420 

Captain  Webb, 421 

Anneke  Janse  and  her  Posterity, 422 

Albany  Canal  Celebration, 428 

Mount  Hope, 475 

Albany  Stage  Coaches, 477 

Beef  Packing  in  Albany, 479 

Ralfe  Clench, 479 

Sacred  Music  Society, 480 


ILLUSTRATIONS 


Mount  Hope, Frontispiece. 

State  Street  looking  east, 12 

St.  Peter's  Church  in  State  Street, 13 

The  Wendell  House, 15 

The  Stevenson  House,  15 

North  Pearl  and  State  Streets, 17 

The  Vanderheyden  Palace,  18 

North  Pearl  Street,  19,  20,  23 

Market  Street, 24 

The  Old  Dutch  Church, 25 

The  Old  Pulpit, 26 

Court  and  Market  Streets, 27 

Market  Street,  now  Broadway,  28,  29 

Residence  of  Col.  Lansing, 31 

Green  Street  Theatre, 34 

Pearl  Street  Theatre, 35 

Silhouette  of  Andrew  Jackson  Allen,  in  a  favorite  character, 59 

Andries  Herbertson's  Stained  Window, 113 

Portrait  of  Hon.  John  Taylor, 169 

Bazaar  for  the  great  Sanitary  Fair, 190 

Portrait  of  Col.  Lewis  Benedict, 198 

do.        Col.  John  Wilson, 200 

do.        Maj.  Charles  E.  Pruyn, 202 

do.        Capt.  John  DePeyster  Douw,  213 

Albany  Medical  College,  221 

Albany  Hospital, 227 

Portrait  of  Rev.  J.  N.  Campbell, 234 


viii  Illustrations. 

TAGE. 

Map  of  Lands  under  Water  belonging  to  the  City, 293 

Miller's  Plan  of  Albany, 371 

Map  of  a  portion  of  North  Market  Street, .* 377 

New  York  State  Bank, 402 

Tale  of  the  Whale,  Illustrations, 405,  407,  409 

Halenbeek  Burial  Ground, 410 

First  Boat  Built  for  the  Erie  Canal,  430 

Entrance  of  the  Canal  into  the  Hudson  at  Albany, 448 

Slow  Coach,  1790, 477 

Stage  Coaches,  1818,  1828, 478 


ALBANY    PAPERS. 


ALBANY  FIFTY  YEARS  AGO. 


[Under  this  title  a  writer  in  Harjjer's  Magazine  of  April,  1857,  pub- 
lished some  interesting  reminiscences  of  Albany.  The  Messrs.  Harper 
have  very  generously  permitted  me  to  copy  the  article  and  its  embellish- 
ments. The  engravings  are  mostly  from  drawings  by  Mr.  James  Eights, 
who  has  for  a  long  time  given  much  attention  to  the  subject  of  restoring 
on  canvass  the  appearance  of  the  dwellings  about  the  city  in  the  early 
part  of  this  century;  copies  of  which,  very  skilfully  executed  by  him, 
adorn  the  walls  of  many  houses.  They  were  first  engraved  for  Hca-per's 
3Iagazine,  and  are  here  reproduced  by  electrotype  from  the  originals  in 
that  work.  A  few  notes  have  been  appended,  either  further  to  illustrate 
subjects,  or  to  give  what  others  claim  to  have  existed,  differing  somewhat 
from  the  author  in  the  text.] 

I  am  an  Albany  Knickerbacker — a  Dutchman  of  purest  Belgic  blood — 
and  I  justly  claim  to  be  heard,  as  the  last  as  well  as  the  most  loyal  of  the 
fading  cocked-hat  generation,  who  mourn  over  the  barbarisms  of  despotic 
fashion  and  the  hot  haste  of  society  in  these  degenerate  days,  when  steam 
and  iron  have  usurped  the  power  of  honest  breath  and  muscle,  and  the 
lightning  has  become  the  obedient  chariot  of  thought. 

Albany,  the  Beverwyck,  the  Willemstadt,  the  Fort  Orange  of  colonial 
times — the  oldest  city  in  the  United  States  except  St.  Augustine — has  a 
claim  to  the  reverence  not  only  of  every  true-hearted  Dutchman  who 
loves  his  pipe,  his  krout,  and  his  freedom,  but  of  the  universal  Yankee 
nation,  which  has  no  geographical  limit  this  side  of  Saturn's  rings. 

Standing  still,  as  a  Dutchman  ought,  I  have  become  a  second  Columbus, 
for  I  have  discovered  a  New  World  indeed  in  the  changes  wrought  around 
me  during  the  last  fifty  years.  I  am  a  bachelor  of  eighty,  erect  as  a 
liberty-pole,  and  I  thank  Heaven  fervently  that  I  have  neither  sons  nor 
daughters  to  mortify  me  with  the  absurdities  of  this  absurd  hour  in  our 
social  retrogression,  as  I  call  what  zealots  name  progress.  My  hair  is  like 
the  snow  or  the  hoar-frost,  and  no  longer  needs  the  aromatic  powder  of 

IfisL  Coll  a.  2 


10  Alhany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 

the  good  old  time.  So  far,  good ;  but  when  I  look  at  the  dear  old  three- 
cornered  hat  upon  the  peg  in  my  chamber,  how  I  doubly  loathe  the  glist- 
ening stove-pipe  I  am  compelled  to  wear  upon  my  head  in  winter  and  in 
summer,  in  deference  to  the  god  of  the  tailor  and  the  milliner.  And 
when  I  contemplate  my  velvet  small-clothes,  with  the  bright  silver 
knee-buckles,  or  even  the  Wellington  boots  and  graceful  tassels  of  a  later 
day,  how  I  sigh  for  the  restoration  of  the  elegant  breeches  and  the 
abolition  of  the  dangling  pantaloon. 

Well  do  I  remember  the  great  innovation  when  cocked  hats  and  long 
bodices  were  doomed.  It  was  after  the  French  Revolution  had  given 
free  reign  to  extravagant  fancies  in  politics,  religion,  and  social  life,  that 
the  mighty  overturn  in  the  world  of  fashion  commenced,  and  the  costumes 
in  which  our  fathers  fought  and  our  mothers  suffered  for  freedom,  were 
banished  from  our  best  society  to  give  place  to  the  mongrel  modes  of 
French  fanatics  and  servile  English  imitators.  The  phenomenon  appeared 
even  in  the  staid  Dutch  city  of  Albany,  where  French  politics  could  find 
no  rest  for  the  sole  of  its  foot.  I  was  then  a  gay  young  man,  and  had 
been  accustomed  to  adore  the  ladies  (as  I  do  yet)  in  ample  skirts,  waists 
showing  Hogarth's  line  of  beauty,  flowing  sleeves,  and  faultless  head- 
dresses, albeit  their  hair  was  sometimes  thick  with  pomade  or  frizzled 
into  a  bush.  As  suddenly  as  the  bursting  of  a  balloon  did  the  ladies' 
dresses  seem  to  collapse  from  the  longitudinal  display  of  our  own  time  to 
the  economical  dimensions  of  a  white  covering  for  a  bean-pole.  The 
bodice  disappeared,  the  cincture  went  up  directly  under  the  arms,  and  the 
immense  Mademoiselle  Parpluies  became  nobodies,  and  might  sing : 
"  Shepherds,  I  have  lost  my  waist, 

Have  you  seen  my  body  ? 
Sacrificed  to  modem  taste, 

I'm  quite  a  hoddy-doddy. 
Never  shall  I  see  it  more, 

Till  common  sense,  returning, 
M3'  body  to  my  legs  restore, 

Then  I  shall  cease  from  mourning." 

Nor  were  the  fair  creatures  solitary  sufferers.  Cocked  hats,  powdered 
hair,  elegant  wigs,  exquisite  queues,  and  even  the  breeches  of  the  gentle- 
men were  proscribed,  and  at  last  were  compelled  to  succumb  towards  the 
close  of  the  century.  The  hat  assumed  all  sorts  of  shapes,  but  the  pre- 
vailing absurdity  was  a  very  small  crown  and  a  very  wide  brim  turned  up 
at  the  sides.  1  remember  turning  out  of  State  street  into  Market  street 
one  morning  in  September,  walking  arm-in-arm  with  my  old  friend  (iene- 
ral  Ten  Brneck,  then  mayor  of  the  city,  when  a  young  married  couple 
belonging  to  one  of  our  most  aristocratic  families,  who  had  lately  returned 
from  their  wedding  tour  in  Europe,  appeared  just  in  front  of  John  Van 
Schaick's  elegant  three  story  mansion,  displaying  the  new  fashions  to  the 
fullest  extent ;  indeed  that  couple  were  the  pioneers  of  the  innovation  at 
Albany.  The  husband's  hat  was  of  orthodox  dimensions.  His  coat,  with 
narrow  skirts,  fitted  closely,  and  so  did  his  pantaloons,  while  his  legs  were 
encased  in  enormous  Hessian  boots.  His  cravat  was  full  and  high,  and 
in  his  bosom  was  a  magnificent  linen  frill.  The  lady  had  "lost  her 
waist,"  and  her  dress — something  like  a  petticoat  tied  around  her  neck, 
with  her  arms  put  through  the  pocket-holes — was  a  rich  lilac  color. 
Upon  her  head  was  a  small    hat,  not  unlike  her   husband's  in  form,  over 


Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago.  11 

which  was  piled  in  profusion  a  great  bunch  of  wheat-ears,  the  wearing  of 
straw  having  then  become  the  rage  abroad.  Well  did  the  epilogue  satirize 
this  fashion  : 

"  What  a  fine  harvest  this  gay  season  yields  ! 

Some  female  heads  appear  like  stubble-fields. 

Who  now  of  threatened  famine  dare  complain, 

When  every  female  forehead  teems  with  grain  ? 

See  liow  the  wheat-sheaves  nod  amid  the  plumes  ! 

Our  barns  are  now  transferred  to  drawing-rooms  ; 

While  husbands  who  delight  in  active  lives, 

To  fill  their  granaries  may  thrash  their  wives  !" 

I  remember  seeing  a  fine  caricature  by  Grillray  at  about  that  time, 
representing  John  Bull  in  the  act  of  being  dressed  in  the  large-appearing 
but  really  tight-fitting  French  coat  of  the  day,  by  a  Paris  tailor,  who 
exclaims,  "  Aha  !  dere  my  friend,  I  fit  you  to  de  life  I — dere  is  liberie  ! — 
no  tight  aristocratical  sleeve  to  keep  you  from  do  vot  you  like  ! — aha  ! — 
begar  !  dere  be  only  vant  von  leetle  national  cockade  to  make  look  quite 
a  hi  mode  de  Paris  !"  John  stands  in  stifi"  Hessian  boots,  evidently  very 
uneasy,  and  exclaims,  "  Liberty,  quoth'a  I  why  zounds,  I  can't  move  my 
arm  at  ail,  for  all  it  looks  so  woundy  big  I  Ah  !  damn  your  French  a  la 
mode,  they  give  a  man  the  same  liberty  as  if  he  was  in  the  stocks  I  Give 
me  my  old  coat  again,  say  I,  if  it  is  a  little  out  at  the  elbows  !"  And  so  felt 
our  bride  and  groom  very  soon,  for  the  people  stared,  and  the  boys  gig- 
gled, and  the  dogs  barked  at  them  as  they  passed  by.  Yet  they  had 
planted  the  infection  in  the  goodly  city  of  my  birth  ;  and  from  the  hour 
of  their  advent  the  doom  of  the  cocked  hat,  at  least,  was  pronounced. 
Long  and  faithfully  I  defended  the  cherished  ornaments  of  my  young 
manhood,  but  my  queue  daily  dwindled,  my  velvet  breeches  elongated 
and  turned  into  broadcloth  or  nankeen,  my  chapeau  rounded  and  loomed 
up,  and  after  ten  long  years  of  fruitless  opposition,  and  when  all  my  com- 
peers were  vanquished  by  the  tyrant,  I  yielded.  Ever  since  I  have 
followed  loyally  in  the  train  of  the  conquerer.      Vive  la  hagatelle  ! 

Nor  was  it  upon  personal  adornment  alone  that  change,  iconoclastic 
change,  then  commenced  to  work.  There  seemed  to  be  a  spirit  of  unrest 
abroad  early  in  the  present  century,  and  a  wonderful  impulse,  for  weal  or 
woe,  was  given  to  commerce  and  social  life  in  Albany,  which  has  since 
swept  away  almost  every  vestige  of  its  external  appearance  and  domestic 
simplicity,  so  familiar  to  me  in  the  days  of  my  young  manhood.  Albany 
to-day,  with  its  almost  sixty  thousand  inhabitants,  and  its  twenty  millions 
of  dollars  worth  of  real  and  personal  property,  and  Albany  of  fifty  years 
ago,  with  its  seven  thousand  people  and  its  fifteen  hundred  houses,  are  as 
unlike  as  a  rural  village  and  a  metropolitan  city. 

All  my  life  I  have  been  fond  of  the  arts  of  design.  Even  now,  when 
my  eyes  are  becoming  somewhat  dim,  and  my  fingers  are  less  supple  than 
they  were  a  score  of  years  ago,  I  delight  in  using  the  pencil  in  delineating 
objects  of  interest,  thus  impressing  their  images  indelibly  upon  my  own 
memory,  and  preserving  them  for  the  benefit  of  posterity.  My  full  port- 
folios attest  this  taste  and  industry ;  and  now,  when  the  storms  are  abroad, 
or  the  hot  sun  smites,  I  amuse  myself,  hour  after  hour,  in  my  snug  little 
library,  within  a  quiet  mansion  near  the  Capitol,  in  looking  over  these 
pictorial  records,  and  recalling,  by  association,  the  scenes  and  incidents, 
the  men  and  things,  of  other  days.     Come,  take  my  arm,  dear  reader,  and 


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Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


go  with  me  to  my  study,  and  I  will  show  you  some  sketches  of  streets  and 
buildings  in  Albany  as  they  appeared  fifty  years  ago.  This  way,  if  you 
please.  Be  careful  of  your  footsteps  on  these  winding  stairs.  Sit  down 
in  this  arm-chair  with  green  velvet  cushion.  Here  are  slippers  and  a 
cricket,  and  on  this  quartette  table  we  will  lay  the  portfolio.  Like  the 
exhibiter  of  a  panorama,  I  will  give  an  explanatory  lecture  as  we  proceed. 
Let  us  take  the  drawings  up  in  numerical  order. 


.?f/  ^n^f 


I.  State  street  looking  East. 

No.  I  is  a  view  of  State  street  in  1805.  We  are  supposed  to  be 
standing  near  the  head  of  the  street,  in  front  of  St.  Peter's  Church,  and 
on  the  site  of  old  Fort  Frederick,  a  strong  quadrangular  fortification,  with 
a  bastion  at  each  corner,  which  stood  upon  a  high  liill  there.  The  alti- 
tude of  its  heavy  stone  walls  was  equal  to  that  of  the  roof  of  St.  Peter's 
at  the  present  day.  It  was  built  when  Cornelius  Schuyler  was  mayor^  of 
Albany,  before  the  French  and  Indian  war.  Its  northeastern  bastion 
occupied  the  site  of  St.  Peter's,  a  portion  of  which  is  seen  on  the  extreme 
left  of  the  picture.  We  are  looking  eastward,  down  the  then  rough  and 
irregular,  but  now  smooth  and  broad  street,  and  see  the  old  Dutch  Church 
at  the  intersection  of  Broadway.  Beyond  the  Hudson  river  are  seen  the 
hills  of  Clreenbush,  which  form  a  portion  of  the  Van  Eenssehier  manor. 

St.  Peter's,  known  in  earlier  times  as  The  English  Church,  stood  in 
the  middle  of  State  street,  opposite  Barrack  (now  Chapel)  street,  as 
represented  in  the  engraving  No.  II.  It  was  built  of  stone,  and  was 
erected    in    1715.      The    tower   was   wanting   when    Peter    Kalm,   the 


Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


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II    bt    PLtti  ^  Church  m  Stxte  Sii     t    1  •  > 

Swedish  naturalist,  visited  Albany,  in  1749.  Peter,  by  the  way,  had  a 
very  poor  opinion  of  the  Albanians  at  that  time.  He  says  they  fleeced 
strangers  unmercifully;  and  he  lias  recorded  his  opinion,  that  if  a  Jew, 
who  can  iicnerally  get  along  pretty  well  in  the  world,  should  settle  among 
them,  "  he  would  be  ruined."  In  my  good  old  cocked-hat  times  they 
were  diiferent,  but  I  will  not  vouch  for  them  in  these  degenerate  days. 
I  remember  the  church,  with  a  tower  which  my  father  told  me  was  built 
in  1750.  The  next  year  a  fine  bell  was  cast  in  England,  and  sent  over 
and  hung  in  the  tower.'  The  road,  since  my  recollection,  passed  up  the 
hill  on  the  south  side  of  the  church  and  fort,  and  in  the  rear  of  the 
latter  it  passed  over  Pinkster  hill,  on  which  the  State  Capitol  now  stands. 

Pinkster  hill  !  What  pleasant  memories  of  my  boyhood  does  that 
name  bring  up  !  That  hill  was  famous  as  the  gathering-place  of  all  the 
colored  people  of  the  city  and  country  for  miles  around,  during  the  Pink- 
ster festival  in  May.  Then  they  received  their  freedom  for  a  week. 
They  erected  booths,  where  gingerbread,  cider,  and  apple-toddy  were 
freely  dispensed.  On  the  hill  they  spent  the  days  and  evenings  in  sports, 
in  dancing,  and  drinking,  and  love-making,  to  their  heart's  content.  I 
remember  those  gatherings  with  delight,  when  old  King  Charley,  a  darkey 
of  charcoal  blackness,  dressed  in  his  gold-laced  scarlet  coat  and  yellow 
breeches,  used  to  amuse  all  the  people  with  his  antics.  I  was  a  light  boy, 
and  on  one  occasion  Charley  took  me  on  his  shoulders  and  leaped  a  bar 
more  than  five  feet  in  height.  He  was  so  generously  treated  because  of 
his  feat,  that  he  became  gloriously  drunk  an  hour  afterward,  and  I  led 
him  home  just  at  sunset.  When  I  look  into  the  State  Capitol  now  when 
the  legislature  is  in  session,  and  think  of  Congress  Hall  filled  with  lobby- 
ing politicians,  I  sigh  for  the  innocence  of  Pinkster  hill  in  the  good  old 
days  of  the  woolly  heads. 

A  word  more  about  St.  Peter's.  Under  the  chancel  of  the  church,  in 
a  leaden  coffin,  are  the  remains  of  Lord  Howe,  who  was  killed  near  Ticon- 
derogain  1758.  His  friend,  Captain  (afterwards  General)  Philip  Schuy- 
ler,  conveyed    his  body  to    Albany    and  placed  it  in  his  family  vault. 

1  This  bell  was  in  use  until  1859,  when  the  second  church  was  demolished. 


14  Alhaiiy  Fifty   Years  A<jo. 

Many  years  afterwards,  when  it  was  removed  to  the  church,  the  coffin  was 
opened,  and  Lord  Howe's  hair,  which  was  short  at  the  time  of  his  death, 
had  grown  to  long  and  flowing  locks,  and  was  very  beautiful. 

No\v  let  us  turn  again  to  No.  I.  The  house  seen  on  the  left  is  that  of 
Philip  8.  Van  liensselaer,  a  younger  brother  of  the  Patroon,  who  was 
mayor  of  Albany  from  1799  to  1814. 

The  two  houses  next  to  Van  Rensselaer's  belonged  to  the  brothers 
AVebster,  the  early  printers  in  Albany  \  and  the  frame  building  next  to 
them  was  their  office,  and  was  familiarly  known  as  The  Webster  Corner. 
They  were  twin  brothers.  Charles  commenced  business  in  1782,  as  a 
newspaper  publisher,  and  in  1784  he  established  the  Alhamj  Gazette.^  ^  It 
lived  until  1845,  a  period  of  almost  sixty  years.  A  complete  file  of  it  is 
preserved  in  the  State  Library.  They  also  published  books  ;  and  from 
that  noted  corner  cart-loads  of  Noah  Webster's  spelling  books  were  scat- 
tered over  Northern  and  Western  New  York  by  those  enterprising  men. 

Next  below  Webster's  is  seen  the  Livingston  House  and  elm  tree,  and 
the  Lydius  House,  occupying  opposite  corners,  and  delineated  in  detail 
in  No.  V.  A  house  with  gable  in  front,  just  below  the  Lydius  corner, 
yet  remains,  and  is  occupied  by  the  State  Bank.  Pearson,  a  tobacco- 
nist, and  Doctor  Dexter,  i  a  druggist,  occupy  the  next  taller  buildings. 
Almost  in  front,  and  at  the  steepest  part  of  the  street,  is  seen  one  of 
the  old  well-curbs  of  the  city,  used  before  the  construction  of  the 
water-works,  which  now  supply  the  inhabitants.  They  are  all  gone  now, 
and  will  be  entirely  forgotten  when  another  generation  shall  have  taken 
our  places.  All  the  old  travelers  and  tourists  described  the  well^  water 
of  Albany  as  peculiarly  offensive  to  the  taste,  it  being  filled  with  insects 
which,  on  account  of  their  size,  might  have  lookei  down  with  contempt 
upon  the  infusoria. 

The  old  Dutch  Church  seen  near  the  foot  of  the  street  we  will  consider 
presently.  The  tall  house  seen  over  its  angle  on  the  lel't  belonged  to  the 
Kanes,  well-known  merchants  who  made  a  large  fortune  by  dealings  with 
the  white  people  and  the  Indians  of  the  Mohawk  valley.  A  greater  por- 
tion of  their  dwelling  and  store  house  in  the  valley  may  yet  be  seen  near 
Canajoharie.  An  anecdote  is  related,  in  connection  with  the  Kanes, 
which  illustrates  the  proverbial  shrewdness  of  the  New  Englanders,  and 
the  confiding  nature  of  the  old  stock  of  Dutchmen  in  that  region.  A 
Yankee  peddler  was  arrested  for  traveling  on  Sunday,  contrary  to  law, 
and  was  taken  before  a  Dutch  justice.  The  peddler  pleaded  the  urgency 
of  his  business.  At  first  the  Dutchman  was  inexorable,  but  at  length,  on 
the  payment  to  him  of  a  small  sum  of  money  as  a  bribe,  he  agreed  to 
furnish  the  Yankee  with  a  written  permit  to  travel  on.  The  justice 
requested  the  peddler  to  write  the  j^ass.  He  wrote  a  draft  on  Messrs.  J. 
&  A.  Kane,  for  fifty  dollars,  to  be  paid  in  goods,  which  the  unsuspecting 
Dutchman  signed.  The  draft  was  presented  and  duly  honored,  and  the 
Y^ankee  went  on  his  way  rejoicing.  A  few  days  afterward  the  Dutchman 
was  called  upon  to  pay  the  amount  of  the  draft.     The  whole  thing  was  a 

1  The  site  of  the  store  of  Dr.  Dexter  is  now  57  State  street,  whicli  is  supposed 
to  be  the  seat  of  a  mysterious  power,  located  up  stairs,  that  has  a  wonderful  con- 
trol of  political  machinery.  Next  east  of  this  building  was  the  Tontine  Coffee 
House,  in  the  height  of  its  fame  at  this  period,  but  which  the  reminiscent  has 
entirely  overlooked. 


Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


15 


mystery  to  the  magistrate,  and  it  ^ 
was  a  long  time  before  he  could  ^ 
comprehend  it.  All  at  once  light 
broke  in,  and  the  victim  exclaimed 
vehemently,  in  bad  English,  "Eh, 
yah  !  I  understand  it  now.  Tish 
mine  writin',  and  dat  ish  de  tam 
Yankee  pass."  He  paid  the 
money,  and  resigned  his  office, 
feeling  that  it  was  safer  to  deal 
in  corn  and  butter  with  his  hone!?t 
neighbors  than  in  law  with  Yan- 
kee travelers. 

The  house  on  the  right  of  the 
church,  in  range  with  the  most 
distant  lamp-post,  belonged  to  Dr. 
Mancius,  and  there  the  city  post- 
office  was  kept.  The  perspective 
in  the  drawing  in  thisstreetview, 
of  this  side,  is  so  nearly  on  a 
straight  line  that  the  forms  of 
the  buildings  in  the  lower  pait 
of  State  street  can  not  well  be 
defined.  In  the  portion  of  the 
street  opposite  the  Livingston  elm 
were  two  noble  but  dissimilar 
buildings :  one  of  them  was 
erected  bv   Harman    Wenrlell    in 


John 


IX.  The  StevL'Dsou  House. 


16  Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 

Stevenson,  and  completed  in  1780.  The  former  was  in  the  ancient 
Dutch  style.  The  owner  was  a  rich  fur  trader,  and  many  a  traffic  with 
the  Indians  was  made  within  its  walls.  The  Stevenson  House  was  then 
a  wonder  in  architecture,  it  being  in  a  style  quite  diiferent  from  any  thing 
in  Albany.  It  was  purely  English  throughout,  and  it  was  known  as  The 
rich  man's  house.     Both  of  these  buildings  were  demolished  in  1841. 

Coming  up  State  street,  on  the  south  side,  we  find  the  spacious  brick 
mansion  of  Greorge  Merchant,i  over  which  six  birds  are  seen.  Mr. 
Merchant  was^  a  fine  scholar,  and  for  some  time  occupied  the  Vander- 
heyden  Palace,  on  North  Pearl  street,  as  an  academy.  There  many  boys 
of  Revolutionary  times  learned  their  Greek  and  Latin,  under  Mr. 
Merchant's  instruction.  Among  them  was  my  elder  brother,  who 
figured  quite  conspicuously  in  public  affairs  at  the  time  when  the  Federal 
Constitution  was  under  discussion  throughout  the  country.  He  made  a 
patriotic  speech  at  the  dinner  in  the  great  Federal  Boioer  (erected  where 
the  State  Capitol  now  stands),  on  a  hot  August  day,  in  1788,  at  the  close 
of  the  great  procession  in  honor  of  the  ratification  of  the  Constitution. 
The  peaks  and  chimneys  beneath  the  single  bird  are  those  of  the  old 
Geological  Hall,  which  stood  back  of  Merchant's  house,  and  occupied  the 
site  of  the  present  Geological  Rooms.  The  building  with  a  projecting 
ridge  for  hoisting,  was  a  carpenter's  shop  ;  and  the  last  one  seen  on  the 
right  of  the  picture,  was  the  chair  fVictory  of  Mr.  M'Chesney,  a  Scotch- 
man, who  died  a  few  years  ago  at  an  advanced  age.  He  always  had  his 
timber  sawed  in  front  of  his  establishment. 

No.  V  exhibits  the  corners  of  North  Pearl  and  State  streets,  looking 
up  Pearl.  The  most  conspicuous  objects  are  the  ancient  building  known 
as  the  Lydius  House  (G),  with  its  terraced  gable,  and  the  adjoining 
mansion  (7)  of  William  Pitt  Beers.  The  corner  house  was  built  ex- 
pressly for  a  parsonage,  to  accommodate  the  Reverend  Gideon  Schaets,2 
who  arrived  in  Albany  in  1652,  and  became  the  pastor  of  the  Reformed 
Dutch  Church.  The  materials  for  the  building  were  all  imported 
from  Holland — bricks,  tiles,  iron,  and  wood-work.  They  came  over  with 
the  church  bell  and  pulpit  in  1657.  When  I  was  quite  a  lad  I  visited 
the  house  with  my  mother,  who  was  acquainted  with  the  father  of  Bal- 
thazar Lydius,  the  last  proprietor  of  the  mansion.     To  my  eyes  it  appeared 

1  ]\Ir.  Merchant  was  a  native  of  Germany ;  his  name  was  Koopman,  which  he 
Anglicized  on  adopting  a  citizenship  here. 

■^  Mr.  Isaac  Q.  Leake  thinks  that  this  is  a  mistake  ;  that  there  may  have  been  a 
house  on  that  site  in  which  Dom.  Schaets  lived,  but  that  the  Lydius  house  was 
coeval  with  the  last  Dutch  church  built  in  State  street,  and  was  erected  for  the 
accommodation  of  Rev.  .John  Lydius;  that  when  the  house  was  altered  to  accom- 
modate the  upper  rooms  to  the  purposes  of  a  printing  office  for  Cantine  &  Leake, 
state  printers,  in  18l21,  a  pewter  plate  was  found  attached  to  the  timbers  which 
disclo.sed  the  fact  that  the  beams  which  supported  the  floor  were  brought  from 
Holland  for  the  church,  but  were  found  to  be  too  short,  and  were  used  in  building 
this  house.  The  plate  he  says  was  appropriated  by  one  of  the  workmen.  Mr. 
Lydius  came  here  in  1700  and  left  the  ministry  in  1709.  The  exact  date  of  the 
erection  of  this  edifice  is  therefore  involved  in  some  doubt.  The  premises  having 
been  in  the  posses^sion  of  a  Lydius  would  seem  to  confirm  a  part  of  the  conjecture 
of  Mr.  Leake,  founded  upon  his  recollection  of  the  plate,  and  further  corroborated 
by  the  tradition  recited  by  Judge  Benson;  .«till  it  may  have  been  the  parsonage 
in  which  Dom.  Schaets  was  succeeded  by  Dellius,  and  finally  by  Lydius,  whose 
heirs  retained  possession  of  it. 


Albany  Fifty    Years  Ago. 


17 


-f 


V.    North  Pearl  aud  State  streets. 

like  a  palace,  and  I  thought  the  pewter  plates  in  a  corner  cupboard  were 
solid  silver,  they  glittered  so..  The  partitions  were  made  of  mahogany, 
and  the  exposed  beams  were  ornamented  with  carvings  in  high  relief, 
representing  the  vine  and  fruit  of  the  grape.  To  show  the  relief  more 
perfectly,  the  beams  were  painted  white.  Balthazar  was  an  eccentric  old 
bachelor,  and  was  the  terror  of  all  the  boys.i  Strange  stories,  almost  as 
dreadful  as  those  which  cluster  around  the  name  of  ]31uebeard,  were  told 
of  his  fierceness  on  some  occasions;  and  the  urchins,  when  they  saw  him 
in  the  streets,  would  give  him  the  whole  sidewalk,  for  he  made  them 
think  of  the  ogre  growling  out  his  "  Fee.  fo,  fum,  I  smell  the  blood  of  an 
Englishman."  He  was  a  tall,  thin  Dutchman,  with  a  bullet  head, 
sprinkled  with  thin  white  hairs  in  his  latter  years.  He  was  fond  of  his 
pipe  and  bottle,  and  gloried  in  celibacy  until  his  life  was  in  "the  sere  and 
yellow  leaf"  Then  he  gave  a  pint  of  gin  for  a  squaw,  and  calling  her 
his  wife,-  he  lived  with  her  as  such  until  his  death,  in  1815.     His  fine 

1  Balthazar  Lydius  wa.s  the  grandson  of  tlie  domine,  and  the  son  of  Col.  John 
Henry  Lydius,  who  resided  in  the  same  house,  and  was  a  man  of  great  ability 
and  intrepidity,  but,  imperious  and  unscrupulous.  He  had  two  sons,  Balthazar 
and  Martin,  neither  of  whom  left  posterity.  In  this  house  the  wounded  Col. 
Henry  Van  Rensselaer  and  a  British  officer  lay  together  in  the  summer  of  1777, 
after  the  battle  near  Fort  xVnne,  in  which  tliey  fought. 

-There  is  a  different  version  of  this  affair,  in  which  it  is  said  that  be  bought  a 
white  woman  named  Lctty  Palmer  for  a  bottle  of  rum,  pound  of  tobacco,  and  a 
silver  dollar.  Tiie  husband  repented  of  his  bargain,  and  called  on  Letty,  but 
was  met  by  Balthazar,  who  soundly  horsewhipped  liirn  for  his  interference.' 

HisL  Coll  n.  3 


18 


Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


old  mansion  was  demolished  in  1832,  -when  it  was  believed  to  be  the  old- 
est brick  building  in  the  United  States.  The  modern  Apothecaries'  Hall 
was  erected  upon  its  site. 

On  the  opposite  side  of  the  street  is  seen  the  frame  building  (1)  known 
as  Webster's  Corner,  already  alluded  to  as  their  printing  office.  The 
white  house  (2)  next  to  it  was  the  site  of  the  residence  of  Philip  Living- 
ston, one  of  the  signers  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence.!  The  elm-tree 
(yet  standing  on  the  corner  of  Pearl  and  State  streets)  was  planted  by  Mr. 
Livingston  about  one  hundred  years  ago.  It  was  then  merely  a  twig ; 
and  it  is  said  that  Mr.  Livingston  severely  rebuked  a  young  sailor,  one 
morning,  who  was  about  to  cut  it  down  for  a  switch  or  a  cane.  To  the 
minds  of  us  Albanians,  in  summer,  that  now  noble  tree  forms  a  grateful 
monument  to  the  memory  of  its  planter. 

Looking  up  Pearl  street,  we  see  a  large  building  (3)  with  two  gables 
in  front,   which  was  known  as  the   Vanderheyden  Palace.     It  was  just 


XT.    Vanderlieyclon  Palace. 

below  IMaiden  lane,  on  the  site  now  occupied  by  the  Baptist  Church.  It 
was  erected  by  Johannes  Beekman,  one  of  the  old  burghers  of  Albany, 
in  1725.  The  bricks  and  some  of  the  other  materials  were  imported 
from  Holland,  and  it  was  one  of  the  finest  specimens  of  Dutch  architec- 
ture in  this  country.  The  Beekman  family  occupied  it  until  a  short 
time  previous  to  the  revolution,  when  the  proprietor  had  been  dead  more 
than  a  dozen  years,  and  his  daughters  were  all  married.  Jacob  Vander- 
heyden purchased  it  in  1778,  but  it  continued  to  be  used  as  an  academy 
by  Mr.  Merchant  and  others  until  the  great  fire  in  1797,  after  which  Mr. 
Vanderheyden.  whose  dwelling  had  been  consumed,  made  this  his  resi- 
dence.    There  he   lived  in  the  style  of  the  old  Dutch  aristocracy,  until 

1  These  Webster  buildings  have  recently  been  demolished,   and  the  splendid 
pile  of  Tweddle  Hall  now  occupies  their  site. 


Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


19 


his  death  in  1820.  His  family  left  it  soon  afterward,  and  from  that  time 
it  was  used  by  a  variety  of  people  for  miscellaneous  purposes  until  its 
demolition  in  1833.  This  old  mansion  figured  in  Washington  Irving's 
story  of  Dolph  Heyliger,  in  Bracehriclye  Hcdl,  as  the  residence  of  Heer 
Antony  Vanderheyden.  The  iron  vane,  in  the  form  of  a  horse  at  full 
speed,  now  occupies  the  peak  of  the  southern  gable  of  Snnvyside^  the 
delightful  residence  of  Mr.  Irving  on  the  Hudson  river.  That  gable  is 
almost  a  fac-simile  of  the  one  of  Vanderheyden  Palace,  over  which  the 
vane  turned  for  more  than  a  century. 

A  little  beyond  the  l*alace  is  seen  the  homestead  of  the  Pruyn 
family,  a  Dutch  house  (4),  with  terraced  gable  fronting  the  street.  l3r. 
Hunloke  Woodruff,  an  old  and  eminent  physician,  owned  the  next  (5) 
more  modern  residence,  on  the  corner  of  Maiden  lane  and  Pearl  street. 
Adorned  with  yellow  paint,  it  made  a  conspicuous  and  favorable  appear- 
ance among  the  dingy  Dutch  houses  of  that  quarter — the  brick  gables  of 
an  earlier  date. 


Vll.    North  Pearl  street,  from  Maiden  laue,  uorthward. 

Xo.  VII  presents  a  continuation  of  Pearl  street,  from  Maiden  lane 
northward.  The  Woodruff  House  (1)  is  first  seen,  and  the  smaller  build- 
ing (2)  next  to  it  was  Dr.  Woodruff's  office.  At  that  time  dentistry,  as 
a  distinct  profession,  was  not  practiced  in  Albany.  Physicians  usually 
connected  it  with  their  own.  I  well  remember  when  I  went  tremblingly 
up  these  steps,  sat  in  the  Doctor's  leather  cushioned  chair,  and  thought 
my  neck  was  broken  when  the  huge  turnkey  drew  an  aching  molar  from 
my  jaw  for  the  first  time.     Next  to  the  Doctor's  office  was  a  stately  Dutch 


20 


Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


building  (3)  erected  by  Mr.  William  Eights,  of  the  city  of  New  York. 
Being  a  Whig,  Mr.  Eights  was  compelled  to  leave  the  city  when  the 
British  took  possession  "of  it,  in  the  autumn  of  1776.     He  erected  this 


VIII.    North  Pearl  street. 

mansion  soon  afterward,  and  resided  there  for  some  time.  The  frame 
building  adjoining  was  long  occupied  by  Dick  Thompson,  as  he  was 
familiarly  called,  who  was  quite  celebrated  as  a  waiter.  He  used  to  serve 
parties  at  the  houses  of  the  Albany  gentry,  half  a  century  ago.  The 
next  house,  with  terraced  gable  (6),  was  the  dwelling  of  Widow  Sturte- 
vant, '  in  the  immediate  rear  of  which  is  seen  the  present  church  edifice, 
over  the  congregation  of  which  the  Rev.  Dr.  Sprague  is  pastor.  This  is 
much  more  modern  than  the  other  buildings,  and  is  introduced,  in  outline, 
to  show  to  the  eyes  of  the  present  generation  their  relative  position. 

The  tall  yellow  building  (7)  nest  to  Widow  Sturtevant's  was  then 
occupied  by  Dr.  C.  C.  Yates;  and  its  quite  fanciful  companion  of  the 
same  color  was  the  residence  of  Brower,  the  renowned  sexton  and  bell- 

1  There  seems  to  be  some  discrepancy  here  in  the  description  of  the  remi- 
niscent, or  in  the  memory  of  some  persons  who  recollect  these  houses.  One  says 
that  fifty  years  before  these  reminiscences  were  written,  a  Scotchman  named 
Hall  lived  in  the  house  designated  as  No.  3,  and  kept  a  blacksmith's  shop  in  the 
cellar.  That  No.  4  was  a  brick  front,  and  was  occupied  by  David  Groesbeeck  ; 
that  Thompson  did  not  move  into  it  until  1819,  when  he  occupied  only  the 
basement;  that  No.  6  was  occupied  by  a  Dutch  cooky  baker,  the  widow  Sturte- 
vant  moving  in  about  1820.  This  last  was  long  the  bakery  of  McCaffrey  & 
Holmes,  and  still  stands  adjoining  the  Female  Academy  on  the  south,  a  modern 
front  having  been  recently  put  to  its  ancient  body. 


Alhany  Fifty   Years  Ago.  21 

ringer  of  the  old  Dutch  Church,!  of  whom  I  shall  speak  presently.  The 
next  building  (9)  was  painted  a  load  color.  It  was  the  famous  Uranian 
Hall,  then  the  great  school  of  Albany.  It  was  erected  by  the  Society  of 
Mechanics,  whose  children  were  educated  there.  The  school  was  sup- 
ported partly  by  the  funds  of  the  society,  and  for  a  long  time  it  was  the 
best  institution  of  the  kind  in  the  city.  On  the  site  of  these  three  last 
named  buildings  (8,  9  and  10)  the  edifice  of  the  Albany  Female  Academy 
now  stands.  That  institution  was  founded  in  1814,  under  the  title  of  the 
Union  School.  The  Academy  was  incorporated  in  1821,  and  its  first 
president  was  the  late  Chancellor  Kent.  The  present  building  was  erected 
in  1834. 

No.  VIII  is  a  continuation  of  No.  VII,  showing  a  portion  of  North 
Pearl  street.  This  section  will  appear  familiar  to  some  of  my  Albany 
friends  who  were  boys  fifty  years  ago,  for  they  will  recognize  in  15  the 
little  district  school-house  and  its  surroundings,  where  they  went  to  get 
whipped,  and  to  be  seated  upon  a  hard  high  bench  six  or  seven  hours 
each  day.  The  first  house  in  this  sketch  (10)  was  the  dwelling  of  Dr. 
William  M'CIellan,  an  eminent  Scotch  physician.-  In  the  next  (11)  broad 
and  spacious  house  dwelt  the  very  distinguished  John  B.  Romeyn,  D.D., 
of  the  Presbyterian  Church.  Dr.  llomeyn  was  quite  remarkable  for  his 
obesity.-J  An  anecdote  connected  with  him  is  related,  which  exhibits  the 
often  lurking  humor  of  the  grave  and  taciturn  Indian.  One  very  hot 
day  in  July,  during  the  administration  of  Governor  Jay,  the  doctor  was 
present  just  at  the  conclusion  of  a  council  with  Mohawk  and  Oneida 
Indians,  at  Schenectady.  The  Indians  have  a  custom  of  adopting  white 
people  of  eminence  into  their  tribes,  and  giving  them  significant  names, 
and  the  honorary  title  of  chief.  At  the  Doctor's  urgent  solicitation  he 
was  adopted  by  the  Oneidas.  The  day  was  excessively  sultry,  and  he  sat 
there  perspiring  at  every  pore.  When  the  ceremony  was  ended,  he  in- 
quired what  was  his  new  name.  With  great  gravity  the  old  sachem  gave 
it  in  the  Iroquois  language,  while  not  a  muscle  of  the  face  of  his  dusky 
companions  was  moved.  The  Doctor  wished  an  interpretation,  and  the 
sachem,  with  equal  gravity  replied,  The  Great  Thaw.  The  Indians 
sat  unmoved,  while  the  whole  white  portion  of  the  audience  roared  with 
laughter. 

1  This  person,  it  is  claimed,  was  Cornelius  Brower,  some  time  baker,  and 
afterwards  a  sort  of  cartman,  but  never  a  sexton  at  all. 

2  This  was  many  years  previous  the  house  and  store  of  Henry  Bleecker,  an 
Indian  trader,  the  store  occupying  the  room  with  a  single  window.  Customers 
entered  the  hall,  and  made  their  purchases  at  an  aperture  in  the  partition.  The 
shop  was  opened  by  swinging  a  door  up  and  fastening  it  against  the  ceiling. 
Business  was  done  in  an  unostentatious  way  in  those  days — no  thrusting  of  goods 
out  on  the  side  walk,  no  opening  the  whole  front  to  the  street.  The  entrance  to 
some  places  of  business  is  said  to  have  been  through  an  alley  at  the  side  of  the 
house.  Mr.  Bleecker  was  badly  wounded  by  an  Indian  while  on  a  trading  expe- 
dition up  the  Mohawk,  which,  although  he  lived  some  years  after,  hastened  his 
death. 

3  The  reminiscent  seems  to  have  made  a  great  mistake  here.  This  house  was 
built  and  owned  by  John  Nicholas  Bleecker,  who  had  been  a  commissary  in 
either  the  French  or  Revolutionary  war.  Dr.  Romeyn  married  a  daughter  of  Mr. 
Bleecker,  and  resided  in  tlie  house  a  very  short  time.  So  far  from  being  obese, 
he  was  a  i;pnrem.-An.  Tlie  anecdote  must  relate  to  his  father,  who  is  represented 
to  have  been  a  portly  man,  of  a  very  fine  presence,  but  hardly  answering  to  the 
description  here  given. 


22  Albany  Fifty    Years  Ago. 

Next  to  Dr.  liomeyn's  stood  a  house  of  more  ancient  pattern  (12)  in 
which  resided  Nicholas  Bleecker,  one  of  the  wealthiest  merchants  of  the 
city.  Peter  Elmendorf,  an  eminent  lawyer,  dwelt  in  the  adjoining  house 
(14)  ;i  and  between  that  and  the  little  school  house  (15)  was  the  play- 
ground for  the  boys.  Looking  over  that  inclosure,  and  among  the  trees, 
IS  seen  the  top  of  the  old  family  mansion  or  homestead  of  the  Bleeckers, 
at  the  corner  of  Chapel  and  Steuben  streets.  There  Harmanus  Bleecker, 
our  minister  at  the  Hague  a  few  years  ago,  resided  at  the  time  of  his 
death.  I  believe  the  property  has  since  passed  out  the  possession  of  the 
family.  I  remember  seeing  there,  during  the  latter  years  of  the  late  Mr. 
Bleecker,  a  fine  portrait,  cabinet  size,  of  John  Randolph  of  Roanoke, 
painted  by  Ward  of  Philadelphia.  Bleecker  and  Randolph  were  warm 
friends  while  they  were  in  Congress  together  in  1811  ;  and,  as  a  token  of 
that  friendship,  they  exchanged  portraits  with  each  other. 

The  last  house  (16)  was  the  residence  of  John  Andrews,  a  well  known 
police  constable,  who  was  the  terror  of  evil-doers  in  the  good  old  Dutch 
city  fifty  ye:\rs  ago.  He  might  always  be  seen  at  the  polls  on  election 
days,  with  a  stout  leather  cap,  similar  to  those  worn  by  firemen,  and  an 
ugly  looking  hickory  cudgel  with  two  huge  knobs  on  the  larger  end. 

°  No.  IX  is  a  continuation  of  the  west  side  of  Pearl  street,  from  Fox 
(now  Canal)  street  to  Patroon  street.  These  buildings  possess  very  little 
special  interest,  except  the  church  with  its  two  steeples.  They  have  all 
long  since  passed  away.  They  were  of  wood,  all  painted  red,  and  gave 
a  very  dull  appearance  to  the  street.  On  the  left  is  seen  (1)  a  portion  of 
the  Vandeberg  mansion.  Adjoining  it  was  the  shop  (2)  of  John 
Bantam,  a  white-and-blacksmith.  The  smaller  building  next,  was  occu- 
pied by  a  little  crabbed  Irish  schoolmaster  named  Crabbe,  who  made  it  a 
religious  duty  to  whip  the  whole  school  at  least  once  a  week,  so  as  to  be 
certain  that  no  sinner  had  been  deprived  of  the  necessary  chastisement. 
He  generally  commenced  the  duties  of  the  day  by  imbibing  a  mug  of  flip 
at  Jemmy  Fleet's,  a  countryman  of  his,  who  kept  a  few  groceries  and  a 
great  deal  of  liquor  in  an  adjoining  building.  Back  of  these  (4)  is  seen 
the  tool  house  of  the  church ;  and  upon  the  distant  eminence  beyond, 
then  known  as  Arbor  Hill,  is  seen  the  country  seat  (5)  of  General  Ten 
Broeck,  of  the  revolution,  who  was  mayor  of  Albany  from  1796  to  1799. 
Arbor  Hill  is  now  occupied  by  Thomas  W.  Olcott,  president  of  the 
Mechanics  and  Farmers'  Bank  of  Albany.     Next  to  the  last  of  the  small 

'  Peter  E.  Elmendorf  lived  in  the  house  No.  12,  attributed  to  Nicholas  Bleecker, 
and  in  the  next  house  resided  Gerardus  Lansing,  brother-in-law  of  Gen.  Ten 
Broeck,  and  formerly  an  Indian  interpreter.  A  house  has  been  omitted  which 
stood  next  to  No.  13,  built  and  occupied  by  Jolin  Rutger  Bleecker,  a  surveyor. 
These  discrepancies  are  not  much  to  be  wondered  at,  when  we  consider  what 
disputes  sometimes  arise  where  property  is  accurately  described.  No.  12  was  the  last 
of  the  old  houses  in  that  row,  and  wns  taken  down  but  a  few  years  ago.  The  site  is 
now  occupied  by  the  free  stone  front  dwelling  of  William  S.  Learned,  Esq.  This  lot 
is  said  to  have  belonged  originally  to  Maria  Sanders,  daughter  of  Robert  Sanders 
and  wife  of  Philip  Van  Rensselaer.  It  descended  to  her  daughter  Betsey,  the 
first  wife  of  Peter  E.  Ehnendorf.  From  Mrs.  Elmendorf  it  descended  to  her 
daughter  Maria,  wife  of  Peter  Sanders,  still  living;  and  was  conveyed  by  her  to 
William  White,  and  by  him  to  the  present  owner.  In  this  house  Burgoyne  was 
entertained  at  a  large  dinner  party  while  he  was  in  Albany,  by  Mr.  Philip  Van 
Rensselaer.  Peter  E.  Elmendorf  afterwards  lived  in  a  house  nearly  opposite  to 
this  lot,  where  stands  the  house  built  by  Mr.  Thomas  W.  Olcott,  at  present  owned 
by  Azariah  E.  Stimson. 


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buildings  in  tiie  direction  of  the  church  was  then  occupied  by  ]Mc- 
Gourghey,  a  celebrated  chocolate  manufacturer ;  and  in  the  last  (7)  the 
sexton  of  the  church  resided. 


The  most  prominent  as  well  as  the  most  elegant  of  all  the  buildings 
seen  in  No.  IX  is  the  edifice  of  the  North  Reformed  Dutch  Church, 
with  two  steeples.  It  was  erected  in  1798,  and  Rev.  John  Bassett,  an 
associate  with  Dr.  Westerlo  in  the  old  State  street  church,  became  its 
first  pastor.  He  was  succeeded  in  1804  by  the  learned  and  eloquent 
John  Melaucthon  Bradford.  The  heart  of  many  an  old  Albanian  will 
glow  with  delight  at  the  mention  of  his  name. 

Fox  creek  formerly  flowed  across  the  street,  (now  under  it)  where  the 
fence  is  seen,  adjoining  7 ;  and  so  between  the  trees  Opposite  the  church 
is  seen  a  small  building,  with  a  door  and  window,  which  was  then  occu- 
pied by  Becking,  a  very  celebrated  cake  baker.  The  light  from  his  oven 
at  night  was  reflected  by  a  window  in  one  of  the  steeples  of  the  church, 
and  for  a  long  time,  the  origin  of  the  illumination  being  unknown,  the 
story  was  current  that  the  church  was  haunted.  The  superstitious  were 
afraid  to  pass  it  in  the  night,  and  some  would  not  go  to  the  bakery  after 
dark.  The  two  little  figures  in  this  picture  represent  a  fashionable  couple 
in  Albany  in  1805.  The  lady  has  not  yet  "  found  her  waist,"  and  the 
gentleman  has  his  roundhead  hat,  his  narrow-skirted  coat,  and  huge 
white-topped  boots,  then  just  beginning  to  be  worn  by  the  ton. 

Here  we  will  leave  Pearl  street,  where  not  a  house  of  all  that  we  have 
seen  now  remains  ;  and  we  will  go  down  to  Broadway  (formerly  Market 


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Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


X.  Market  street. 

street)  where  as  great  changes  have  since  taken  place.  Our  first  view  in 
No.  X  is  that  portion  of  Market  street,  east  side,  from  State  street  to 
Maiden  hxue.  The  public  market,  which  gave  the  name  to  the  street,  is  seen 
in  its  centre;  and  at  the  extreme  right  is  the  old  Dutch  Church  in  the 
middle  of  State  street.  Beginning  on  the  left,  we  have  a  view  of  the 
residence  (1)  of  Paul  Hochstrasser,  a  wealthy  German  merchant  in 
Albany  fifty  years  ago.  The  next  (2)  on  the  corner  of  Maiden  lane, 
was  the  house  in  which  General  Peter  Gansevoort,  one  of  the  most  active 
of  the  Revolutionary  officers,  in  the  Northern  department,  was  born.  The 
larger  house  (3)  adjoining  it  was  occupied  below  by  Hill,  a  glover  and 
leather-breeches  maker.  In  the  upper  part,  Fairman,  the  eminent 
engraver,  started  business ;  and  there  Murray,  a  Scotch  peddler,  first  met 
him,  and  afterwards  became  his  business  partner.  The  more  stately 
brick  mansion  (4)  was  the  residence  of  }\r.  BassettJ  while  pastor  of 
the  North  Dutch  Church  ;  and  next  to  that,  and  partly  concealed  by 
the  market  (5),  was  the  store  of  Barent  and  John  R.  Bieecker,  eminent 
merchants  at  Ihat  time.  The  terraced  gable  of  Ford's  carpet  store  is 
seen  next  beyond  it ;  and  then,  looming  above  all,  is  the  grand  mansion 
of  David  Fonda  (7),   a  merchant  who  kept   dry-goods,    groceries,  and 


1  Tlii.s  house  was  built  and  occupied  by  Thomas  Hun,  agent  of  the  patroon, 
and  afterwards  by  his  son,  Abraham  Hun,  who  was  also  agent  of  the  patroon. 
Mr.  Bassett  married  the  sister  of  Abraham  Hun,  and  may  have  lived  in  the  house 
a  short  time.      It  was  occupied  as  the  post  office  about  thirty-five  years  ago. 


Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


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liquors  for  sale,  next  door  to  General  Ten  Broeck,  some  twenty  years 
earlier.  At  this  time  lie  was  a  retired  merchant.  That  mansion  was 
long  known  as  the  City  Hotel. i 

Passing  the  market,  we  see  the  auction  store  of  John  Jauncey  ;  and 
rising  above  it  (9)  is  seen  a  large  brick  building,  the  store  and  dwelling 
of  the  brothers  Kane  (John  and  Archibald)  already  mentioned.  Back 
of  these  is  seen  the  roof  of  a  building,  now  the  site  of  the  Exchange. 
Archibald  Kane  had  his  hand  very  badly  shattered  by  the  discharge  of  a 
gun  at  Canajoharie,  where  it  was  amputated  by  Dr.  Jonathan  Eights.  I 
remember  seeing  him  frequently  in  fiis  store  after  the  accident  with  his 
arm  in  a  sling  made  of  stuff  resembling  mohair.  Next  to  Kane's  we  see 
Dr.  Mancius's  apothecary  store,  where,  as  we  have  already  noticed,  the  city 
post  office  was  kept ;  and  more  prominent  than  all  others  is  the  old  Dutch 
Church  edifice  (11),  which  we  will  consider  presently. 


XI.  The  Old  Dutch  Church. 

The  Market  house  was  built  in  1791,  at  an  expense  of  £222  sterling. 
It  was  removed  several  years  ago,  long  before  the  street  was  named 
Broadway.  That  market  was  a  great  gathering  place  for  the  inhabitants 
of  the  neighborhood,  at  the  period  in  question,  on  warm  afternoons,  when 
the  butchers  had  departed.  They  would  take  their  chairs  there,  and 
smoke  and  gossip  for  hours.  With  many  the  privilege  of  leisure  to 
enable  them  to  enjoy  such  a  luxury  was  highly  prized;  and  it  became  a 

1  It  occupied  the  site  of  Ransom's  iron-front  store. 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  4 


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Albany  Fifty   Years  Ago. 


saying  expressive  of  independence,  "  If  I  had  a  thousand  pounds^I  could 
afford  to  sit  in  the  market,  and  would  not  call  the  Patroon  uncle."  How 
many  political  schemes  have  been  concocted  and  discussed  under  the 
broad  roof  of  that  old  market  house  ?  How  many  plans  which  controlled 
the  destinies  of  the  Empire  state  may  have  been  matured  in  these  daily 
social  councils ! 

We  will  now,  in  No.  XIII,  stand  in  Court  street,  south  of  State  street, 
and  look  northward  up  Market  street.  Here  we  have  a  near  view  of  the 
old  Dutch  Church,  and  a  distant  one  of  the  market  j  and  some  of  the 
houses  we  shall  describe  in  Nos.  XIV  and  XV.  On  the  extreme  left  (1) 
is  the  stove  and  iron  store  of  John  Stafford ;  the  next  to  it  (2)  is  the 
store  of  Stafford  and  Spencer,  coppersmiths.  The  adjoining  building 
was  the  store  of  John  D.  P.  Douw,  a  hardware  merchant;  and  the  one  on 
the  corner  (4)  with  gable  in  front,  is  now  known  as  Douw's  Building. 
It  was  occupied  fifty  years  ago  by  James  Clarke,  dry  goods  merchant. 
On  the  left  is  the  English  hat  store,  kept  by  an  Englishman  named 
Daniels.  That  was  the  great  emporium  of  the  modern  abominations. 
There  I  purchased,  on  a  Christmas  eve,  my  first  stift"  round  hat,  and  then 
I  hung  up  my  cocked  hat  for  ever. 

The  smaller  building  near,  painted  yellow,  was  the  store  of  Richard 
Dunn  &  Son,  English  merchants  ;  and  the  large  peaked  gable  (9)  was  the 
store  of  the  ratlier  eccentric  Henry  Lansing,  who  kept  teas  and  dry  goods. 
I  remember  bini  well  half  a  century  ago — an  old,  thin,  tall  Dutchman, 
with  a  three  cornered  hat  and  remarkable  queue.  He  would  seldom  allow 
his  customers  to  enter  his  store.  He  would  take  to  the  door  whatever 
was  asked  for,  and  sell  it  there.  It  was  a  strange  whim,  and  had  its 
origin  in  his  doubts  of  the  honesty  of  most  people.  Adjoining  his  brick 
store  was  a  frame  building  erected  over  a  brook,  and  occupied  by  Thomas 
Gould,  a  hardware  merchant,  with  whom  my  esteemed  townsman,  the 
earnest  advocate  of  temperance,  Edward  C.  Delavan,  was  a  clerk  for  a 
while.  But  the  most  interesting  object  in  this  picture  is  the  old  Dutch 
Church.  We  are  looking  at  its  south  front,  in  which  was  its  entrance. 
This  edifice,  built  of  stone,  was  erected  in  1715,  over  a  smaller  one  built 
in  1656,  at  the  intersection  of  Jonker  and  Handelaer  streets,  now  State 
street  and  Broadway.  The  old  church  within  was  occupied  until  the 
walls  and  roof  of  the  new  one  were  com- 
pleted, and  so  there  was  an  interruption  in 
the  stated  public  worship  for  only  three  sab- 
baths. The  pulpit  and  bell  were  sent  over 
from  Holland  ;  and  in  the  window  near  the 
north-east  corner  of  the  edifice  were  the 
arms  of  the  Van  Rensselaer  family,  wrought 
in  stained  glass.  The  portion  of  the  window 
containing  the  arms  is  now  in  possession  of 
General  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer,  the  pro- 
prietor of  the  old  manor  house  at  the 
northern  termination  of  Broadway.  The 
history  of  this  church  during  a  cen- 
tury and  a  half  is  exceedingly  interesting, 
;ivc  it.  I  may  only  give  a  general  descrip- 
Tt  was   a  curious  one    inside.      There   was 


XII.  Pulpit. 


but    I  have  not  time  to    \ 
tion    of  the    edifice   itself. 


Alhany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


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XIII.  Court  aud  Market  streets. 

a  low  gallery;  and  the  huge  stoves  employed  in  heating  the  building  were 
placed  upon  platforms  so  high  that  the  sexton  went  upon  them  from  the 
galleries  to  kindle  fires.  Perhaps  in  those  days  heat  descended,  instead  of 
ascending,  as  in  these  degenerate  times.  The  pulpit  was  octagonal  in 
form,  made  of  oak,  and  in  front  was  a  bracket  upon  which  the  minister 
placed  his  hour-glass  when  he  commenced  preaching.  The  pulpit  with 
the  bracket  may  yet  be  seen  in  the  North  Dutch  Church.  The  bell  rope 
hung  down  in  the  centre  of  the  church,  and  to  that  cord  hung  many  a, 
tale  of  trouble  for  Mynheer  Brower,'  the  bell  ringer,  who  lived  in  North 
Pearl  street.     Every  night  at  eight  o'clock  he  went  to  the  church,  pursu- 

1  Cornelius  Van  Schaack,  not  Mynheer  Brower,  was  for  a  great  many  years  the 
bell  ringer  of  the  church,  and  lived  in  North  Pearl  street,  on  the  east  side,  above 
Maiden  lane.  There  are  several  anecdotes  related  of  the  old  sexton  similar  to 
the  one  here  given,  none  of  them  authentic,  perhaps  ;  but  another  may  be  added 
to  this  as  a  set  off:  One  dark  night  some  mischievous  boys  or  young  men  opened 
the  door  and  led  a  white  cow  'down  the  aisle,  fastened  the  bell  rope  to  her  horns, 
and  placed  on  the  floor  a  bundle  of  hay.  Every  time  the  cow  would  lower  her 
head  to  get  a  mouthful  of  hay  the  old  bell  would  send  forth  its  notes  on  the  mid- 
night air.  Soon  the  old  sexton  was  aroused,  and  down  he  went  to  the  church  to 
see  who  had  the  audacity  to  ring  the  bell.  Raging  with  anger,  with  the  authority 
of  a  judge  and  the  boldness  of  a  general,  he  grasped  the  latch  and  opened  the 
door — when — a  sound  as  from  the  tomb  broke  upon  his  ear.  He  looked — gave 
one  screech,  and  ran  as  if  for  life.  He  swore  he  beheld  a  monster  dressed  in 
white.  Nobody  dared  to  enter  the  churcli,  but  next  morning  old  aunty  some- 
body's white  cow  was  found  taking  it  easy  in  the  aisle.  It  is  believed  that  this 
story  is  also  told  of  some  students  in  a  college.  It  remains  to  be  settled  where 
it  truly  belongs. 


28 


Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


aut  to  his  duty,  to  ring  the  suppaan  bell.  This  was  the  signal  for  all  to 
cat  their  suppaan,  or  hasty-pudding,  and  prepare  for  bed.  It  was  equiva- 
lent to  the  English  curfew  bell.  On  these  occasions  the  wicked  boys 
would  tease  the  old  bell  ringer.  They  would  stealthily  slip  into  the 
church  while  he  was  there,  unlock  the  side  door,  hide  in  some  dark  corner, 
and  when  the  old  man  was  fairly  seated  at  home,  and  had  his  pipe 
lighted,  they  would  ring  the  bell  furiously.  Down  he  would  go ;  the 
boys  would  slip  out  of  the  side  door  before  his  arrival,  and  the  old  man 
after  some  time  would  return  thoughtfully,  musing  upon  the  probability 
of  invisible  hands  pulling  at  his  bell  rope.       He  thought,  perhaps,  those 

"People,  ah,  the  people, 

They  that  dwell  up  in  the  steeple 

All  alone  ; 
And  who,  tolling,  tolling,  tolling, 

In  that  mufHed  monotone, 
Feel  a  glory  in  so  rolling, 

On  the  human  heart,  a  stone  ; 
They  are  neither  man  nor  woman — 
They  are  neither  brute  nor  human — 
They  are  ghouls!" 

The  dead  were  buried  under  the  old  church  ;  and  only  a  few  years  ago 
some  of  the  coffins  were  exhumed  by  workmen  when  excavating  for 
water  pipes.  That  venerable  building  was  demolished  in  1806,  and  the 
stones  were  afterwards  used  in  the  construction  of  the  Second  Reformed 
Protestant  Dutch  Church,  which  was  built  on  the  ancient  grave  yard  in 
Beaver  street. 


et,  now  Broadway. 


Nos.  XIY  and  XV  present  the  appearance  of  Market  street  (now 
Broadway)  in  1805,  and  will  give  the  people  of  Albany  to-day  an  oppor- 
tunity for  perceiving  the  great  changes  that  have  been  wrought  within 
the  last  fifty  years.  It  has  been  almost  total.  First,  on  the  extreme 
left  (1)  we  have  a  corner  of  the  old  Dutch  Church  ;  then  (2)  a  low, 
yellow  building,  known  as  Robison's  corner,  where  the  loftier  edifice  of 
the  Albany  Museum  now  stands.  Next  (8)  was  the  fine  brick  dwelling 
house  and  store  of  my  kinsman,  John  Van   Schaick,  then   an   eminent 


Mhany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


29 


merchant.  In  the  two-story  white  frame  building  (4)  David  Waters  sold 
groceries  ;  and  in  the  adjacent  brick  building  (5)  lived  David  Newland,  a 
Scotch  settler.  Elbert  Willet  lived  in  the  next  brick  building ;  and  in 
the  taller  one  adjoining  it  was  the  Albany  Bank,  incorporated  in  1792. 
This  was  the  first  banking  institution  in  Albany.  Its  nearest  neighbor 
was  the  spacious  brick  dwelling-house  of  John  Maley,  one  of  the  merchant 
princes  of  Albany.  It  survived  the  battles  of  change,  and  was  long- 
known  as  the  Mansion  House  hotel.  AbramR.  Ten  Eyck's  book  store  was 
next  to  Maley,  and  the  smaller  house,  with  a  huge  chimney,  belonged  to 
Peter  Douw,  a  merchant.  His  neighbor  (11)  was  Barent  Gr.  Staats,  also 
a  merchant. 

In  the  small  building  on  the  corner  of  Maiden  lane,  and  next  to  the 
last  one  in  the  sketch,  lived  Teunis  Van  Vechten,  a  wealthy  burgher, 
whose  son  Teunis  (then  a  student  at  law)  I  well  remember,  was  secretary 
of  a  meeting  of  young  men  whu  were  preparing  for  the  bar,  convened  on 
account  of  the  death  of  Alexander  Hamilton,  in  July,  1804.  Nowhere 
did  the  death  of  Hamilton  make  a  more  profound  impression  than  in 
Albany,  and  nowhere  was  the  hatred  toward  Burr,  his  destroyer,  more 
intense. 

The  last  house  (13)  seen  in  the  sketch  we  are  considering  was  built 
of  brick  imported  from  Holland.  It  was  a  double  house,  having  two 
gables,  originally,  which  were  afterwards  carried  up  and  covered  by  one 
roof.  On  the  corner  dwelt  Richard  Lush,  and  in  the  adjoining  part 
John  Brinkerhoff  had  a  hardware  store.  Next  to  this  was  a  two  story 
house,  seen  in  the  next  view  (No.  XV),   which  was  of  wood,  and  here 


XV.    Market  street,  now  Broadway. 

Jjhn  Meads  resided  for  a  while,  and  was  succeeded  by  Lawson  Annesley 
in  1814  with  a  looking  glass  store.  The  next  house  (15)  painted  red. 
belonged  to  Martin  Beeckman,  and  was  occupied  by  Richard  Dunn  & 
Sons  before  they  removed  to  Court  street.  No.  16,  painted  blue,  was 
occupied  by  John  Jacob  Lansing  in  the  beginning  of  this  century  ;  he 
died  in  1808,  aged  92,  having  been  long  blind.  The  tall  building  adjoin- 
ing (17),  was  the  residence  of  Barent  ]31eecker,  another  of  the  merchant 
princes  of  Albany.     It  was  painted  yellow,  and  appeared  very  gay  by  the 


30  Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 

side  of  its  neighbor  (18),  a  dull  red  house,  built  in  the  antique  Dutch 
style,  of  Holland  brick,  and  then  occupied  by  General  John  II.  Wendell, 
a  Revolutionary  ofiicer.  Adjoining  it  was  the  office  of  Stephen  Lush, 
an  eminent  lawyer,  whose  daughter  was  the  wife  of  the  Rev.  Dr. 
Bradford,  already  mentioned.  Looming  above  all  was  the  grand  house 
(19)  of  my  excellent  friend  Dr.  Samuel  Stringer,  who  was  one  of  the 
most  eminent  men  of  the  day,  and  who  adhered  to  the  cocked^  hat  as 
long  as  there  was  a  shred  left  by  the  destructive  hand  of  fashion.  I 
reniember  seeing  the  foundation  of  his  house  laid  about  the  year  1804, 
I  think.  Then,  for  the  first  time,  white  marble  was  used  in  Albany  as 
sills  and  caps  for  windows,  and  attracted  great  attention.  The  house 
was  demolished  in  1856  to  make  way  for  stores.  Next  to  it  was  Dr. 
Stringer's  office,  separated  by  an  alley  from  the  large  brick  house  (20) 
of  Andrew  Brown.  Dudley  Walsh  occupied  the  old  Dutch  house,  of 
Holland  brick,  next  to  Brown  ;  and  on  the  corner  of  Steuben  street  is 
seen  the  old  brick  house  of  Sanders  Lansing,  a  celebrated  cake-baker  of 
that  day.  He  particularly  excelled  in  making  dead  cakes,  as  they  were 
called,  for  funerals.  These  were  thick  discs  about  four  inches  in  diame- 
ter, and  similar  in  ingredients  to  our  New  Year's  cake.  They  were  dis- 
tributed among  the  attendants  at  funerals  after  their  return  from  the 
grave,  when  a  glass  of  spiced  wine  was  also  handed  to  each.  The  dood 
koeJcjes  were  often  kept  for  years  —  sometimes  through  two  generations —  as 
mementoes  of  the  departed,  like  the  wreaths  of  immortelle  in  France. 
Very  recently  I  saw  one  of  these  cakes  at  the  house  of  an  old  friend  in 
Westerlo  street,  which  bore  the  monogram  of  Sanders  Lansing.  It  ap- 
peared like  an  old  acquaintance,  for  they  were  common  in  my  youth  and 
young  manhood. 

Opposite  the  cake-baker's  is  seen  the  fine  old  brick  residence  of  Chan- 
cellor Lansing,  who  was  mayor  of  Albany  from  1786  to  1790.  With 
this  we  close  our  views  in  Market  street  (Broadway)  in  the  olden  times ; 
then,  as  now,  one  of  the  principal  business  streets  of  the  city. 

Here  is  a  smaller  view.  The  fine  old  dwelling-house  upon  the  side 
hill,  on  the  north-east  corner  of  Pearl  and  Columbia  streets,  was  the 
residence  of  Col.  Jacob  Lansing.'  It  was  especially  distinguished  as  the 
lodging  place  for  the  Indians  when  they  came  to  Albany  for  the  purpose 
of  trading  their  furs,  too  often  for  rum  and  worthless  ornaments.     There 

1  I  have  taken  a  liberty  -with  the  text  here.  The  author  places  the  wiJow 
Visscher  in  this  house.  Her  residence  was  on  the  north-west  corner  of  Canal  and 
Pearl  streets.  She  afterwards  removed  to  the  old  yellow  house  in  Columbia 
street,  nearly  opposite  James,  where  she  died.  This  house  was  probably  built 
by  the  father  of  Col.  Jacob  Lansing,  a  pi-ominent  character  in  the  Revolution. 
His  son,  Jacob  Lansing,  occupied  the  house  till  his  death,  which  was  brought  on 
by  his  efforts  at  the  great  lire  in  1797.  The  late  Judge  Jacob  Lansing  was  the 
third  in  descent  from  Col.  Jacob,  and  was  born  in  it.  It  is  said  to  have  been  built 
in  171U,  at  which  time  it  wasoutside  of  the  city  stockades.  Itwas  so  constructed 
that  the  floors  of  no  two  rooms  were  on  the  same  level.  In  stepping  out  of  one 
room  it  was  necessary  to  ascend  or  descend  two  or  three  steps  to  the  next  room. 
The  window  panes  were  in  the  form  of  diamonds,  about  four  inches  in  diameter, 
set  in  leaden  sashes.  The  ceilings  were  not  latli-and-plastered,  but  the  beams 
and  sleepers  were  polished;  and  the  jambs  of  the  fire  places  were  faced  with 
porcelain,  ornamented  with  scripture  scenes.  A  Mrs.  Wilson  kept  school  in  the 
wing  early  in  the  century.  It  is  the  purpose  of  Mr.  Pcmbcrton  to  preserve  this 
edifice  as  long  as  he  lives. 


Albany  Fifty  Years  Ago. 


31 


many  stirring  scenes  transpired,  when  the  Indians  held  their  powwows, 
and  becaoie  uproarious  under  the  influence  of  strong  drink.  The  house 
has  survived  the  general  sweep  of  so  called  improvement.  It  is  now 
owned  by  John  Pemberton,  and  is  occupied  *as  a  grocery  and_  provision 
store. 


XV.   Kusideiicc  of  Colonel  Lauaing. 

And  here  we  will  close  the  portfolio.  I  have  enjoyed  these  reminiscences 
of  the  past  most  heartily,  and  I  trust  you  have  not  spent  the  hour 
unpleasantly  or  unprofitably.  A  little  while  and  I  shall  be  like  those  old 
buildings  —  prone  among  the  buried  things  of  the  past ;  and  yet  a  little 
while,  and  you,  too,  will  be  a  forgotten  item  on  the  day-book  of  the 
living.  Eut  it  is  better  to  laugh  than  to  weep,  and  so  I  will  close  my 
sermon  here  at  the  end  of  the  text.  Here  is  a  glass  of  fine  old  Khenish, 
imported  by  my  friend  Barent  Blcecker.  We  may  never  meet  again  on 
the  earth  ;  so  with  the  sparkling  goblets  in  our  hands,  I  will  say,  God 
bless  you  !     Adieu  ! 


[32] 


THE  ALBANY  THEATRE. 


The  first  information  we  have  of  theatricals  of  any  sort  in  Albany,  is 
that  which  Mrs.  Glrant  communicates  in  her  American  Lady,  as  having 
been  performed  by  the  ofiicers  of  the  British  army  in  the  time  of  the 
French  war,  about  1759.  These  gave  such  offence  to  the  Dutch  Re- 
formed clergyman,  the  Rev.  Theodorus  Frelinghuysen,  that  he  made  them 
the  subject  of  severe  censure  in  his  pulpit;  but  instead  of  effecting  any 
reform,  a  very  singular  suggestion  was  made  to  him  to  depart.  He  found 
at  his  door  on  Monday  morning  a  staff,  a  pair  of  shoes,  a  loaf  of  bread, 
and  some  money.  This  so  wrought  upon  his  feelings  that  he  left  his 
charge,  crossed  the  ocean,  and  was  never  more  heard  of. 

Mr.  Dunlap  says  the  first  theatricals  in  Albany  were  enacted  by  a 
company  of  comedians  from  New  York,  who  gained  permission  for  one 
month  only  from  the  governor.  They  occupied  the  Hospital,  which 
stood  about  where  the  Lutheran  Church  now  is,  on  Pine  street.  The 
first  play  was   Venice  Preserved,  Jn\j  3,  1769. 

In  1785  the  Hospital  was  again  fitted  up  for  theatrical  purposes, 
and  opened  on  the  14th  December  with  Cross  Purposes  and  Catharine 
and  PetrucJiio ;  between  which  was  a  dance  a  la  Polonnaise,  and  an 
Etdogy  on  Freemasonry.  Tickets  were  sold  at  Lewis's  Tavern, i  as  no  money 
would"  be  taken  at  the  door.  Boxes  $1,  gallery  50  cts.  A  vigorous  effort 
was  made  to  prevent  the  continuance  of  the  performances  by  a  number  of 
influential  citizens,  but  the  common  council  determined  by  a  vote  of  6  to 
4  that  they  had  no  legal  right  to  prohibit  theatrical  exhibitions.  A 
whole  number  of  the  Albany  Gazette  is  occupied  with  the  controversy,  to 
the  exclusion  of  every  thing  else.  The  Hospital  was  built  in  the  time  of 
the  French  war,  probably,  and  may  then  have  afforded  the  British  ofiicers 
facilities  for  those  theatrical  displays  which  were  the  cause  of  so  much 
alarm  to  Domine  Frelinghuysen. 

In  1803  a  company  calling  themselves  the  Old  American  Company, 
gave  an  entertainment  at  the  Thespian  Hotel  in  North  Pearl  street. 
They  opened  on  the  2d  of  August,  and  continued  their  representations 
several  weeks.  This  house,  a  Mr.  Hayman  seems  to  have  had  pos- 
session of  in  1810,  who  opened  it  on  the  14th  November  with  the 
comedy  of  The  Poor  Gentleman,  Mr.  Bates  speaking  the  prologue.  This 
being  the  first  cast  of  characters  we  have  met  with,  it  is  here  given  : 
Dr.  Ollapod,  Mr.  Bates.     Farmer  Harrowhy,       Mr.  Hayman. 

Frederick,  Mr.  Morgan.     Humphrey  Dobbins,    Mr.  Hayman. 

.Sir  Robert  Bramble,  Mr.  Southey.     Miss  Lucretia  McTab,     Mrs.  Bates. 
*  Lieut.  Worthington,       Mr.  Taylor.     Emily  Worthington,      Miss  Edwin. 
Sir  Chas.  Crossland,  Mr.  Anderson.     Dame  Harrowby,  Miss  Cowley. 

Corporal  Top,  Mr.  Lucas. 

iThe  Lewis  Tavern  here  spoken  of  is  said  to  have  been  in  Washington  street, 
corner  of  Swan,  the  site  of  the  Methodist  Church,  and  not  the  more  famous  one 
in  State  street. 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  33 

The  epilogue  was  spoken  at  the  end  of  the  comedy,  and  was  followed 
by  the  farce  of  The  Lying  Valet.  Boxes  ^1,  pit  50  cts.  This  was 
the  era  of  private  currency,  in  the  shape  of  printed  promises  to  pay, 
and  gentlemen  were  requested  to  bring  change  with  which  to  purchase 
tickets.  This  company  concluded  the  season  on  the  28th  May,  1811. 
The  edifice  in  which  these  performances  were  exhibited  was  first  known 
as  Angus's  Long  Room,  where  the  clti/  assemhlies^  as  they  were  called, 
were  held  —  in  other  words,  it  was  a  dancing  room.  In  1801  the  United 
Presbyterian  Church,  of  which  Mr.  Angus  was  a  trustee,  held  their 
meetings  there,  for  a  short  time  after  that  society  was  organized.  It 
seems  to  have  been  a  convenient  place  for  almost  any  public  purpose ; 
but  was  finally  taken  down  about  1835,  and  a  building  erected  upon  its 
site  for  a  classical  school,  under  the  Rev.  Samuel  Center ;  which  in  its 
turn  gave  place  to  the  present  dwelling  house  of  Mr.  Lansing  Pruyn. 

It  is  said  that  John  Bernard,  decidedly  the  best  low  comedian  that  ever 
appeared  in  Albany,  had  an  excellent  company  at  this  place  for  one  or 
two  seasons  before  the  Green  Street  Theatre  was  erected.  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Young,  Horton,  Anderson,  Johnson,  and  Clraham  belonged  to  that  com- 
pany, and  Mrs.  Young  acquired  her  great  popularity  in  this  city  at  that 
theatre,  in  the  character  of  Adelgitha.  Hop.  Robinson  and  Dwyer  ap- 
peared here  as  stars ;  and  the  Forty  Thieves  was  first  produced  here,  in 
which  William  Robinson  personated  Hasserack,  the  last  of  the  forty 
thieves.  Here  also  were  introduced  as  stars,  many  of  the  most  celebrated 
actors  of  the  day.  Holman  and  his  daughter,  afterwards  Mrs.  Gilfert, 
made  their  first  appearance  here;  John  Howard  Payne,  author  of  Home, 
Siveet  Home,  and  of  several  dramatic  pieces,  appeared  on  this  stage. 

Theatrical  performances  were  also  given  at  a  house  fitted  up  at  140 
State  street ;  and  in  a  wooden  building  on  the  southeast  corner  of  Green 
and  Division  streets,  Bliven  carried  on  a  theatre,  which  was  known  at  one 
time  as  the  Pavilion,  and  was  afterwards  the  site  of  a  circus,  and  mena- 
gerie, made  memorable  by  the  death  of  an  elephant  there. 

The  first  edifice  erected  for  the  purposes  of  a  theatre,  was  begun  in  1811 
in  Green  street,  near  Hamilton,  which  is  still  standing.  It  was  of  brick, 
56  by  110  feet,  Lewis  Farnham  builder.  It  was  the  enterprise  of  a  joint 
stock  company,  consisting  of  John  Van  Ness  Yates,  Isaac  Hansen,  George 
Sharp,  Isaac  Q.  Leake,  John  I.  Godfrey  and  others.  It  was  opened  by 
John  Bernard,  and  an  excellent  company,  18th  Jan.,  1813,  with  The  West 
Indian  and  Fortune's  Frolic.  The  opening  address  was  written  by  Solomon 
Southwick.  In  this  company  the  notabilities  wei'e  Mr.  Waring,  Mr.  Tyler, 
Mr.  Southey,  Mr.  Dwyer  (who  died  here  a  few  years  ago),  Mr.  Young, 
Mr.  Hopkins  Robinson,  tragedian,  Mr.  Placide,  and  William  Robinson; 
Mrs.  Bernard,  Mrs.  Lewis,  Mrs.  Wheatley,  and  Mrs.  Young.  The  prices 
were,  boxes  $1,  pit  75  cts.,  gallery  50  cents.     Mr.  Young  died  here,  and 

his  widow  retired  from  the  stage.     She  afterwards  married  the  Hon. 

Hughes,  and  was  the  mother  of  Charles  Hughes,  late  clerk  of  the  court 
of  appeals.  She  afterwards  returned  to  the  stage,  under  Burton  in  New. 
York.  Many  of  the  habitues  of  that  theatre  will  remember  her  admira- 
ble rendition  of  the  characters  of  Mrs.  Toodles  and  Lady  Sowerby  Creamly, 
in  which  she  was  unequaled.  On  the  death  of  Mr.  Burton  she  retired  to 
a  farm  in  Washington  county,  where  she  now  resides  at  the  age  of  76. 

This  theatre  proved  to  be  a  good  speculation  during  the  war  with  Great 

Hist  Coll.  a.  5 


34  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

Britain,  after  which   there  was  a  general  depression  of  business,  and  it 
remained  some   time  unoccupied. i     In  June,  1818,  it  was  sold  to  the 


Greeu  street  Theatre. 

Baptist  society,  and  was  dedicated  1st  January,  1819.  The  Baptists 
occupied  it  until  1851,  when  it  was  sold  to  a  new  society  called  the 
People's  Church.  This  organization  was  of  short  duration,  and  in  1852, 
having  passed  into  private  hands,  it  was  sold  to  a  theatrical  company  for 
$6,000,  and  was  opened  5th  July,  under  the  lesseeship  of  William  S. 
Preston.  On  the  12th  August  following  the  performances  were  brought 
to  a  close  by  the  sheriff,  who  took  out  the  scenery.  On  the  20th  De- 
cember it  was  again  opened,  greatly  improved  and  decorated,  by  Madame 
de  Marguerittes ;  was  soon  after  again  carried  on  by  Preston  ;  and  on  the 

1  A  most  laughable  incident  is  told  by  a  person  wlio  was  one  of  the  partici- 
pants. During  the  first  year  of  its  existence,  a  number  of  the  then  wild  young 
fellows,  wished  to  enter  the  theatre  without  paying,  and  entered  the  alley  way 
from  Green  street,  on  the  north  side  of  the  building,  and  had  proceeded  as  far  as 
the  entrance  to  one  of  the  rooms  under  the  stage — the  play  that  evening  was 
Hamlet  —  accidentally  fell  against  a  door,  it  burst  open,  and  there  one  side  of  the 
room  stood  the  ghost  of  Hamlet's  father,  industriously  engaged  in  quietly  sipping 
a  mug  of  beer  !  One  of  them  was  incontinently  seized  by  the  nape  of  the  neck 
by  the  mipc  who  was  with  the  ghost,  and  hurled  out  of  the  room,  making 
tracks  for  the  street  and  crying  murder  at  the  top  of  his  voice.  The  others  of 
the  party,  whose  fright  was  but  temporary,  rushed  to  the  side  of  the  ghost,  seeing 
he  was  a  live  man,  and  followed  liim  on  the  stage.  They  were  standing  in  the 
wings,  when  one  of  them  discovered  his  father  and  mother  in  one  of  the  pro- 
scenium boxes ;  he  was  shortly  after  slapped  on  the  shoulder  by  Bernard,  the 
manager,  and  told  to  bring  a  table  off  the  stage.  Here  was  a  dilemma,  but  he 
dare  not  refuse,  for  he  then  would  disclose  himself;  so  covering  the  side  of  his 
face  with  one  of  his  hands,  he  went  on  and  carried  off  the  table.  It  was  his  first 
and  last  appearance  on  any  stage,  although  it  was  upwards  of  half  a  century 
ago. — Alhain/  Evening  Times. 


Tlieatriccd  Reminiscences. 


35 


8tli  Feb  ,  1853,  was  sold  by  the  sberiiFfor  $6,975.  It  was  again  opened  on 
the  28th  March  by  Edmund  S.  Conner,  who  married  Charlotte  Barnes, 
the  daughter  of  the  old  comedian ;  but  it  was  in  the  end  a  losing  con- 
cern. A  great  many  attempts  were  afterwards  made  to  carry  on  the 
drama  successfully  at  this  place,  till  it  finally  sank  to  a  very  low  grade, 
and  was  closed  in  despair.  It  was  in  the  fall  of  1865  converted  into  a 
pork  packing  establishment,  immediately  after  which  the  rear  wall  fell 
down,  for  the  owner  a  disastrous  finale  to  its  inglorious  career. 


Pearl  street  Theatre. 

The  next  theatre  erected  exclusively  for  the  representation  of  the  legiti- 
mate drama,  was  the  edifice  in  South  Pearl  street,  now  occupied  for  the 
same  purpose,  and  known  under  the  sugar-coated  appellation  o^  Academy 
of  Music.  It  was  erected  by  a  joint  stock  company  of  some  of  the  most 
eminent  capitalists'  in  the  city  in  the  year  1825,  and  was  at  the  time  one 
of  the  most  elegant  theatres  in  the  country.  It  was  116  feet  deep,  60 
feet  wide,  and  40  feet  high.  The  auditory  consisted  of  a  pit  and  three 
tiers  of  boxes,  a  portion  of  the  upper  tier  being  used  as  a  gallery.  The 
stage  was  52  by  58  feet.  It  was  placed  under  the  management  of  Charles 
Gilfert,  who  opened  it  to   the  public   on  the    18th  May,  1825,  with  the 

iThe  stockholders  consisted  of  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer,  Tennis  Van  Vechten, 
Gerrit  Y.  Lansing,  Isaiah  and  John  Townsend,  James  Stevenson,  Francis  Blood- 
good,  Abel  French,  James  McKown,  etc.  Hugh  Dennison  donated  the  lot.  Large 
subscriptions  were  obtained  payable  in  tickets. 


36 


Theatrical  Reminiscences. 


best  company  that  had  ever  been  got  together  in  the  United  States,  and 
was  greeted  by  a  full  and  fashionable  house,  with  Laugli  token  you  Can  and 
Raising  the  Wind;  the  opening  address,  written  by  Thomas  Wells  of 
Boston,  being  delivered  by  George  Barrett.'  The  stock  company  consisted 
of  Mr.  Barrett,  stage  manager,  his  wife,  formerly  Miss  Henry,  a  beautiful 
and  accomplished  woman,  Mrs.  Barrett  senior,  a  majestic  woman,  Mrs. 
Gilfert,  formerly  Miss  Holman,  Mrs.  Stone,  Mr.  Howard,  Mr.  Hyatt,  Mr. 
Spiller,  Mr.  Anderson,  etc.  A  fine  orchestra  was  attached  to  the  estab- 
lishment, and  all  its  appointments  were  upon  a  liberal  scale.  Soon  after 
its  opening,  Booth,  the  great  star  of  the  day,  appeared  in  his  favorite 
tragic  characters,  and  during  the  season  Keene,  the  vocalist,  Miss  Kelly, 
Forrest,  Conway,  Kean,  and  Hamblin  made  their  appearance.  Edmund 
Kean  made  his  debut  8th  December,  as  Richard  III.  He  had  previously 
been  hissed  off  the  stage  in  Boston,  where  the  theatre  was  nearly 
destroyed  by  a  mob.  In  New  York  also  great  efforts  were  made  to  pre- 
vent his  playing.  Here,  however,  he  was  greeted  by  an  overflowing 
house.  So  great  was  the  crowd  that  many  retired  through  fear  of  suffoca- 
tion, and  a  great  number  that  came  from  adjoining  towns  were  unable  to 
obtain  admission.  The  pages  which  follow  illustrate  the  history  of  this 
theatre.  After  a  variety  of  good  and  bad  fortune  on  the  part  of  its 
managers,  it  was  closed  in  1839,  and  the  same  year  sold  to  St.  Paul's 
Church,  an  Episcopal  organization  then  worshipping  in  the  edifice  now 

1  Having  found  a  copy  of  the  bill  of  the  first  night's  performances,  it  is  here 
given  entire. 

ALBANY  THEATRE. 

The  inhabitants  of  Albany  and  its  vicinity  are  respectfully  informed  that  the 
New  Theatre  will  be  opened  on  Wednesday  evening,  18th  of  May  [1825]. 

Nights  of  performance  this  week,  AVednesday,  Thursday,  Friday  and  Saturday. 

The  Prize  Address,  written  by  Thomas  Wells,  Esq.,  of  Boston,  to  be  spoken  by 
Mr.  Barrett. 

After  which  the  Admirable  Comedy  in  five  acts  of, 

Laugh   When  you  Can. 


Gossamer, 

Bonus, 

Delville, 

Mortimer, 

Sambo, 

Costly, 


Mr. 


Barrett. 
Faulkner. 
Lindsley, 
Anderson. 
Spiller. 
Roper. 
Dorothy, 


Gregory, 

Tom, 

Claries  Mortimer, 

Mrs.  Mortimer, 

Emily, 

Miss  Gloomly, 

Mrs.  Horton. 


Mr.  Lamb. 

Singleton. 
Master  Arthur. 
Mrs.  Stone. 

Robertson. 

Barrett. 


The  Evening's  Entertainment  to  conclude  with  the  admired  Farce  of. 

Raising  the  Wind. 


Richard, 

Waiter, 

Miss  Durable, 

Peggy, 

le  taken  from  10  to  1, 


Mr.  Lamb. 

Singleton. 
Mrs.  Barrett. 

Robertson, 
and  from  3  to  5 


Diddler,  Mr.  Barrett. 

Plainway,  Faulkner. 

Fainwould,  Lindsley. 

Sam,  Hyatt. 

Scats  for  the  lower  tier  of  Boxes  can 
o'clock. 

Tickets  for  the  Boxes  $1,  Pit  50  cts..    Gallery  25  cts. 

A  strong   and  efficient  Police  is  established  for  the  preservation  of  that  order 
and  regularity,  which  is  essential  in  a  well  regulated  Theatre. 

Doors  to  he  opened  at  half  past  six,  and  the  curtain  to  raise  at  a  quarter  after 
seven  o'clock. 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  37 

occupied  by  St.  Jolin's  Catliolic  Chui'ch,  in  Ferry  street.  It  continued 
in  the  service  of  tliis  church  until  1862,  when  it  was  sold  for  $14,000,1 
and  in  December,  1863,  was  again  opened  as  a  theatre.  On  removing  the 
floor  of  the  church,  the  pit  and  orchestra  were  found  to  have  been  left 
as  they  stood  twenty-three  years  before,  when  the  edifice  was  transformed 
into  a  church.  Having  been  fitted  up  in  good  style  by  Mr.  John  M. 
Trimble,  of  New  York,  it  was  opened  28th  December,  1863,  with  The 
Lady  of  Lyons,  which  was  cast  as  follows  : 

Claude  Melnotte,       Mr.  E.  T.  Stetson.     Deschapelles,  Mr.  Sydney  Smith. 

Beauseaut,  Mr.  F.  Page.     Pauline,  Miss  Annie  AVait* 

Col.  Damas,  Mr.  G.  C.  Ryer.     Madame  Deschapells,  Mrs.  LeBrun- 

Glavis,  Mr.  S.  AV.  Ashley.     AVidow  Melnotte,  Miss  A.  Hampton. 

Gaspard,  Mr.  F.  T.  Murdock. 

It  is  only  important  to  mention,  that  thus  far  the  enterprise  has  been 
the  most  successful  one  ever  undertaken  in  this  city. 

About  the  time  that  the  Albany  Theatre  was  projected,  another  enter- 
prise was  on  foot  for  the  erection  on  a  grand  scale  for  that  day,  of  what 
a  writer  on  a  subsequent  page  terms  a  horse  opera  house.  It  resulted  in 
the  amphitheatre  that  occupied  the  site  of  the  Garretson  Methodist 
Church  in  North  Pearl  street,  a  few  doors  above  Columbia  street,  on  the 
east  side.  This  establishment  was  66  by  111  feet;  it  was  opened  in  Feb. 
1826,  combining  a  circus  and  theatre.  Magnificent  melodramas  were 
exhibited  here,  the  building  being  adapted  for  cataracts,  and  the  intro- 
duction of  large  processions  of  horses  and  men,  elephants  even  entering 
upon  the  scene,  and  marching  from  an  apparently  great  distance  with 
solemn  tread  up  to  the  footlights.  It  was  opened  by  Samuel  B.  Parsons, 
who  had  exhibited  his  troupe  soiuewhere  in  the  vicinity  of  the  City  Hall, 
when  that  vicinity  had  a  very  different  aspect  from  that  which  it  exhibits 
now.  It  is  believed  that  Mr.  Parsons  found  this  city  too  feeble  in 
patronage  for  the  success  of  two  such  establishments  as  now  presented 
themselves  to  the  public  for  support.  He  was  succeeded  by  Isaac  O. 
Davis,  who  exceeded  his  predecessors  in  the  splendor  of  the  pieces  he  got 
up,  but  his  success  was  only  temporary.  The  evanescent  glories  of  this 
house,  and  the  people  that  occupied  its  stage,  are  depicted  by  another 
hand  in  the  pages  which  follow.  In  1828  William  Duffy  fitted  it  up  for 
what  he  termed  a  spacious  summer  theatre,  but  the  heat,  or  the  apathy  of 
the  people,  dissolved  his  prospects,  and  in  1829  it  was  advertised  to  be 
sold,  and  soon  after  became  a  church.  The  memory  of  the  spectacles, 
whether  magnificent  or  ludicrous,  witnessed  in  the  ring  and  on  the  stage 
of  the  amphitheatre  during  its  short  career,  are  yet  vivid  in  the  memory 
of  many  citizens. 


We  will  now  introduce  the  reminiscences  of  Mr.  Greorge  Stone,  a  native 
of  Albany,  who  began  his  professional  life  as  an  acrobat  at  the  North 
Pearl  Street  Circus,  and  who  afterwards  visited  a  great  portion  of  the 
cities  and  principal  towns  of  the  United  States,  where  he  became 
acquainted  with  the  persons  and  scenes  which  he  describes.  He  had  no 
advantages  of  education,  as  will  be  perceived,  but  seems  to  have  possessed 
an  inquisitive  turn  of  mind,  and  a  good  memory.      The  reader  will  need 

'  It  cost  originally  over  $25,000,  as  a  theatre. 


38  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

no  further  introduction.  Mr.  Stone  died  at  Philadelphia,  18th  Decem- 
ber, 1864,  aged  53.  These  reminiscences  were  written  in  1860,  for  the 
Alhavij  Mornhuj  Express.  They  will  be  none  the  less  attractive,  perhaps, 
by  reason  of  the  sf^le  in  which  they  are  written. 

REMINISCENCES  OF  ALBANY  THEATRICALS. 

The  stock  company  of  Charles  Gilfert,  manager  of  the  Pearl  Street 
Theatre,  opened  for  the  first  time  in  the  spring  of  1825.  This  company 
was,  beyond  all  doubt,  the  most  talented  and  efficient  that  ever  graced  the 
boards  of  any  theatre  either  in  this  or  the  old  world.  The  names  of  the 
company  were  as  follows  : 

Charles  Gilfert,  manager  and  musical  composer ;  Charles  Young,  tra- 
gedian;  Edwin  Forrest,  tragedian;  Anderson,  tragedian  ;  Joe  Horton, 
tragedian;  Lindsley,  tragedian  ;  Morton,  tragedian,  and  general  utility; 
George  Barrett,  light  comedian;  Rufus  W.  Blake,  comedian;  Barry, 
general  business  ;  Faulkner,  dialect  and  old  men ;  John  Augustus  Stone, i 
eccentric  old  men;  George  Hyatt,  low  comedian;  Spiller,  low  comedian 
and  vocalist;  Howard,  vocalist;  Johnson,  general  utility;  Mrs.  Grey, 
vocalist ;  Mrs.  Gilfert,  tragedienne  ;  Mrs.  John  Augustus  Stone,  tradegy 
and  comedy;  Miss  Tilden,  comedienne;  Miss  Neville,  walking  lady, 
3Iiss  Robertson,  chambermaid;  Mrs.  Barrett,  comedy. 

Of  the  above  actors  I  believe  Barrett  is  still  living  in  New  York  in 
extreme  poverty.  Forrest  is  now  at  his  home  in  Philadelphia,  a  millionaire, 
and  enjoying  his  otinm  cum  dignitate.  Rufus  W.  Blake,  once  a  slender 
looking  young  man,  the  idol  of  Albany  upper  tendom,  and  especially  the 
female  portion  of  it, — Rufus  still  lives  upon  the  fat  of  the  land,  never 
foregoing  a  good  dinner  —  doing  the  old  man  at  Laura  Keene's,  I  think. 
Miss  Robertson  was  a  beautiful  woman,  and  one  of  the  best  actresses  in 
her  line  that  either  hemisphere  ever  produced.  She  married  Burroughs, 
once  manager  of  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  a  splendid  looking  fellow,  and 
an  unequaled  melodramatic  actor,  and  most  efficient  manager.  She  ac- 
companied him  to  England,  and  a  few  years  since  married  a  stage 
carpenter  at  Liverpool,  and  went  to  Australia.  Miss  R.  was  sister  to 
Matilda  Brundage,  wife  of  the  mad  poet,  McDonald  Clark.  Clark  and 
wife  were  separated  in  ten  minutes  after  marriage,  a  divorce  shortly 
following.  What  an  idea  for  a  poet, — for  she  was  very  beautiful,  young, 
and  highly  accomplished. 

Anderson,  I  believe,  is  alive  at  St.  Louis,  but  must  be  very  old.  An- 
derson, you  may  recollect,  became  engaged  in  a  wrangle  with  a  gentleman, 
one  night,  at  Preston's  City  Coffee  House,  which  stood  where  the  Delavan 
stands   now,  Anderson  shooting  him.      He  was  tried   and  acquitted. - 

1  Author  of  Forrest's  play  of  3Ictamora. 

2  Many  of  our  citizens —  especially  the  old  theatre  goers  —  will  doubtless  recol- 
lect Anderson,  who  was  a  leading  member  of  Gilfert's  unequaled  company,  in  the 
pnlniy  days  of  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre.  A  friend  writes  us  from  Philadelphia 
that  poor  Anderson  —  now  seventy-six  years  old  —  is  an  inmate  of  the  alms  house 
in  that  city.  Anderson  is  probably  the  only  surviving  member  of  the  original 
stock  company  of  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre.  He  was  an  accomplished  gentleman, 
a  finished  actor,  and  a  great  favorite.  Our  friend  also  informs  us  that  Ander- 
son was  a  worthy  member  of  the  Amei'ican  Dramatic  Fund,  and  yet  he  is  allowed' 
to  pass  his  declining  days  in  an  alms  house.  Shame  that  poor  Anderson  should 
"  to  this  complexion  come  at  last." — June,  1864. 


Theatrical  Henniniscences.  39 

George  Hyatt  died  at  sea,  on  board  a  whaler.  He  was  the  author  of 
the  ever  popular  song',  The  Melloxo  Horn;  but  numerous  mellow  horns 
sent  poor  Hyatt  on  a  long  engagement  with  Davy  Jones.  He  was  decid- 
edly the  most  finished,  accomplished  and  popular  low  comedian  that  ever 
graced  the  stage. 

Of  William  Duffy's  and  William  Forrest's  company  (William  was  a 
brother  of  Edwin  Forrest),  also  of  the  Pearl  street  Circus  —  the  spot 
being  now  occupied  by  the  Methodist  Church — but  few  remain  this  side 
of  the  tomb  of  the  Capulets.  Jack  Green'  and  his  wife,  I  think,  are 
still  living.  Lewy  Underner,  now  of  your  Gayety,  was  attached  to 
Dufty  &  Forrest's  orchestra,  then  quite  a  young  man.  James  Wallace, 
one  of  the  company,  and  formerly  editor  of  The  iSnn,  Philadelphia,  is 
now  assistant  editor  of  a  Louisville  paper.  He  married  the  sister  of 
Charles  Durang,  Miss  Godey,  a  sprightly  and  beautiful  little  actress  of 
Duffy  &  Forrest's  company,  and  also  for  many  years  of  the  Park  Theatre, 
New  York.     She  is  now  dead. 

Thayer,  a  light  comedian,  and  one  of  the  very  best,  attached  to  Bur- 
roughs's  company,  and  his  wife  (formerly  Miss  Fisher),  are  now  playing 
at  the  Walnut  Street  Theatre,  Philadelphia.  Thayer  was  an  especial 
favorite  at  that  day  in  Albany  ;  but  now  he  is  in  the  sere  and  yellow  leaf, 
doing  old  men  admirably.  Thayer  was  very  thin  and  slim  then ;  he  is 
now  fat  —  jolly  fat,  and  considerably  over  60.  Mrs.  Thayer  is  one  of 
the  very  best  old  women  on  the  stage.  Dave  Eberlee,  brother  to  the  low 
comedian,  Henry  Eberlee,  is  also  at  the  Walnut.  He  was  at  the  Pearl 
Street  Theatre  under  Burroughs. 

At  the  Pearl  Street  Circus,  under  the  management  of  Parsons,  I  be- 
lieve, there  is  only  one  left  of  that  immortal  horse  opera  house,  and  that 
is  Jim  Banker,  who  looks  as  young  and  agile  as  he  did  twenty-five  years 
ago,  Jim  keeps  a  splendid  saloon  on  Walnut  street,  above  Eighth,  Phila- 
delphia. 

Johnny  Cook,  of  your  city  —  and  I  hope  he  yet  lives  —  was  a  musician 
in  that  establishment  —  his  wife  being  an  actress  and  vocalist  of  a  very 
pleasing  and  versatile  character.  Charley  Taylor,  now  the  veteran 
author,  is  living,  having  retired  upon  the  Dramatic  Fund  in  New  York. 
Charley  did  the  vocal  business  and  juvenile  lovers  in  those  days.  Charley 
was  then  young  and  gay,  with  locks  of  the  raven's  hue.  There  was  also 
an  actor  at  the  old  circus  by  the  name  of  Henry.  He  was  a  genius  in 
Ms  way  —  a  Yankee  speculator,  an  Englishman  by  birth.  He  had  been 
captain  of  a  canal  boat — preached  sometimes  —  inventor  of  soap  that 
would  extract,  as  he  said,  grease  from  an  old  shoe,  played  the  fiddle,  made 
theatrical  dresses,  kept  school,  and  finally  turned  actor.  Some  years  since 
I  stopped  at  a  hotel  in  England.  In  the  bar  room  I  noticed  a  number  of 
travelers,  and  among  them  was  this  Henry.  He  had  been  managing  a 
theatre,  but  had  busted  —  all  his  earthly  store  (wardrobe)  was  in  a  paste- 
board bandbox  !  "  But,"  says  he,  "  I  have  something  that  will  yet  make 
my  fortune."  It  was  a  theatre  on  wheels,  and  intended  to  be  drawn  by 
the  actors  —  it  was  composed  of  cloth,  and  quite  light  5  but  whether  the 
poor  fellow  ever  got  the  actors  to  draic  the  show,  I  did  not  learn,  but  I 
presume  that  they  (like  the  manager)  never  draioed. 

iJobn  Green  died  in  1860. 


40  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

You  remember  Hunter,  the  great  bare-back  rider  of  the  Pearl  Street 
Circus.  He  left  the  States  in  1829  for  England,  and  became  dissipated. 
He  innocently  took  Ben.  Stickney's  coat  one  night  from  the  dressing  room 
of  the  Royal  Amphitheatre,  Liverpool.  Ben,  to  frighten  him,  had  him 
arrested,  and  was  obliged  to  appear  against  Hunter.  John  Bull's  law 
being  equal  to  Jersey,  poor  Hunter  was  transported  to  Van  Dieman's 
Land  in  1839.  It  is  said  he  has  a  wife  and  son  residing  in  Philadelphia, 
very  respectably  connected. 

There  was  an  actor  by  the  name  of  Russell  attached  to  the  Pearl  Street 
Circus.  I  saw  him  several  years  ago,  playing  Richard  in  a  porh  liouse, 
converted  into  a  theatre,  in  Arkansas,  and  the  way  he  battered  old  King 
Dick  was  never  equaled  by  the  little  Greek,  John  Amiraille,i  who  used 
to  do  scenes  from  Richard  in  George  Watson's  barber  shop,  in  North 
Market  street.  But  the  Greek  was  decidedly  the  best  actor  of  the  two, 
especially  in  the  cfyidg  scene. 

Albany  at  that  time  could  boast  of  one  of  the  most  powerful  dramatic 
companies  that  ever  graced  the  boards  of  any  theatre  in  either  hemi- 
sphere. There  was  scarcely  a  member  of  that  company,  either  male  or 
female,  but  was  far  more  deserving  to  rank  as  a  star  than  hundreds  who 
make  pretensions  in  the  present  day  to  that  title.  George  Barrett,  I 
presume,  had  no  equal  as  a  light  comedian  in  the  world  ;  and  his  wife, 
too,  was  a  chaste,  accomplished  actress.  Her  maiden  name  was  Henry,  a 
native  of  Boston,  and  she  was  said  to  have  been  the  handsomest  and  most 
fascinating  belle  in  that  city.  I  believe  shedied  in  Boston.-  Miss  Tilden, 
too,  of  Gilfert's  company,  was  an  enchanting  actress,  and  a  most  amiable 
and  accomplished  lady.  Miss  Grey  was  a  sweet  vocalist,  a  beautiful  and 
exemplary  woman,  and  a  great  favorite.  Mrs.  Gilfert,  as  a  tragic  actress, 
had  few  equals.  She  was  very  highly  accomplished,  exceedingly  modest 
and  retiring,  and  her  society  much  sought  after  by  the  best  class  of  our 
citizens.  After  Gilfert's  death  she  opened  a  school  in  New  York,  I  be- 
lieve, for  the  instruction  of  young  ladies  in  music,  drawing,  and  other 
branches  of  polite  education. 

There  are,  alas,  but  few  of  that  bright  galaxy  of  artists  who  graced 
the  boards  of  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre  left  —  gone,  gone  to  the  tomb  of 
the  Capulets  —  and  the  same  may  be  said  of  Duffy  &^Forrest's  company, 
Burroughs's  and  Dinneford  &  Blake's, -^  who  succeeded  Gilfert. 

In  relation  to  Edwin  Forrest,  then  one  of  Gilfert's  stock  company,  I 
well  remember  when  he  came  to  this  city  from  the  southern  or  south- 
western theatres  (though  he  is  a  native  of  Philadelphia),  and  made  his 
dehut  in  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre  —  then  a  young  man,  I  should  think  not 
over  21  years  old.     He  was  rather  a  wild  young  fellow,  what  is  modernly 

iJohn  Amiraille  came  to  this  city  from  Boston,  was  dissipated,  and  fell  into 
the  hands  of  Watson,  who  maintained  him  as  a  butt  for  his  customers.  He 
went  upon  tlie  stage  to  burlesque  Richard  III.  His  biography  was  written  by 
John  B.  Southwick,  the  Greek  soliciting  the  subscription  himself.  Most  part  of 
the  edition  was  destroyed.     The  Greek  died  in  the  New  York  Alms  house. 

2  Mrs.  Barrett  was  enacting  the  Bavarian  gii'l  one  evening  at  the  Pearl  Street 
Tlieatre,  and,  wliilc  singing  the  broom  song,  approached  her  husband,  saying, 
"  Buy  a  broom  ?  Buy  a  little  one  for  the  baby  ?"  "  Lord  bless  you,"  says  Bar- 
rett, "  1  haven't  got  any  babies,  I  wish  I  had,  and  you  was  the  mother  of  tliem  !" 
They  were  childless. 

3  Blake  died  April,  18G3. 


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termed  a  fast  young  man,  fond  of  fun,  and  a  good  lark  now  and  then, 
without  especial  regard  to  the  expense ;  but  he  at  once  became  a  favorite, 
both  on  and  off  the  stage,  with  all  classes,  but  particularly  the  younger 
portion  of  theatre  goers.  He  was  counted  a  good  melodramatic  actor  by 
some,  and  tip-top  in  anything  by  others, 

Forrest  made  his  appearance  here,  I  think,  as  George  Barnwell  —  af- 
terwards playing  Timour  the  Tartar,  Earl  Osmond,  in  the  Castle  Spectre, 
also  in  the  Broken  Sioord,  William  Tell,  &c.,  acquitting  himself  credita- 
bly. On  the  appearance  of  Conway,  the  great  English  star  tragedian,  at 
the  Pearl  Street,  Forrest  played  second.  I  well  remember  the  night  he 
played  Mark  Antony  to  Conway's  Brutus  in  the  tragedy  of  Julius  Ceesar. 
The  house  was  filled  to  overflowing  with  the  fashion  of  the  town  —  the 
fashion,  patronized  theatricals  in  those  days  in  Albany.  It  would  seem 
that,  on  that  occasion,  Forrest,  to  use  a  modern  term,  threiv  himself,  his 
speech,  over  the  dead  body  of  Ceesar,  completely  electrilying  and  bringing 
down  the  house.  Everybody  was  astonished,  taken  all  aback,  for  they 
had  no  idea  that  the  vaulting  young  stripling  had  so  much  of  the  real 
mettle  in  him.  I  have  no  doubt  that  Conway  felt  annoyed,  chagrined, 
if  not  Jealous,  at  the  course  things  were  taking.  After  Conway  concluded 
his  engagement,  Forrest  supporting  him  throughout,  Forrest  went  through 
with  Conway's  role  of  characters,  winning  the  good  opinion  of  all  sorts  of 
people.  Among  the  audience  on  the  representation  of  Julius  Csesar,  was 
Major  M.  M.  Noah,  editor  of  the  New  York  National  Advocate,  and  one 
of  the  finest  theatrical  critics  in  America.  Noah  was  stopping  at  Congress 
Hall,  where  Gilfert  also  had  rooms.  After  the  theatre  was  out,  Noah  met 
Gilfert  in  the  drawing  room,  and  said  to  him,  "  Clilfert,  as  you  are  about 
to  open  the  Bowery,  I  advise  you  by  all  means  to  secure  the  services  of 
young  Forrest ;  he  has  the  germs  of  a  great  actor  in  him;  take  him  to 
New  York,  let  him  go  through  a  severe  course  of  study,  and  mark  my 
words  for  it,  he  will,  ere  long,  astonish  and  electrify  the  theatrical  world." 

Gilfert  did  strike  a  bargain  with  Forrest,  and  all  who  are  at  all  posted 
in  the  history  of  theatricals,  or  of  Forrest,  know  what  the  result  was. 
Forrest  immediately  turned  over  a  new  leaf  in  his  habits,  applied  himself 
to  study,  but  continued  to  play  nightly  to  crowded  and  enthusiastic 
audiences  —  in  fact,  carrying  everything  before  him.  Albanians  claim, 
with  some  justice  and  pride,  having  given  Ned  a  boost,  or  the  first  boost  — 
as  in  this  city  he  placed  his  foot  upon  the  first  round  of  the  ladder  by 
which  he  soon  after  mounted  to  the  topmost  round,  leading  to  fame  and 
fortune. 

Leaving  the  Bowery,  he  commenced  a  tour  through  the  States  as  a 
star,  playing  in  Shakspearian  and  Roman  characters,  with  unprecedented 
success.  He  then  made  the  tour  of  Europe,  not,  however,  in  a  profes- 
sional character.  After  visiting  all  the  important  places  on  the  continent, 
he  returned  to  his  native  land,  and  again  donned  the  harness  theatrical, 
playing  with  eminent  success  in  all  the  principal  cities  in  the  Union. 
He  again  visited  Europe  in  a  professional  capacity,  appearing  at  Drury 
Lane  as  Spartacus,  in  Dr.  Bird's  new  play  of  The  Gladiator,  before  one 
of  the  largest  and  most  respectable  audiences  ever  assembled  within  the 
walls  of  that  vast  edifice.  He  also  appeared  as  Othello,  and  in  other 
Shakspearian  characters  —  the  London  critics  awarding  him  very  marked 
encomiums. 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  6 


42  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

As  an  evidence  of  the  wonderful  strength  of  Forrest,  I  will  state  a 
little  incident  that  occurred  while  he  was  playing  a  star  engagement  at 
the  Pearl  Street  Theatre.  The  play  was  The  Gladiator.  Old  Dummy 
Allen,  his  costumer,  was  assigned  the  part  of  one  of  the  principal  gladia- 
tors —  a  very  important  part  —  as  Spartacus  (Forrest)  has  a  long  and 
severe  combat  with  him.  Just  as  the  scene  in  the  arena  was  to  com- 
mence, a  constable  by  the  name  of  Chet.  Moore  entered  with  a  warrant 
ao-ainst  Allen  for  an  old  score  he  had  run  upon  some  former  visit  to 
Albany,  and  Chet.  deeming  that  a  good  time  to  collect  the  amount, 
arrested  him,  without  intimating  to  Forrest  the  object  of  his  visit. 
Forrest  being  informed  of  the  fix  Allen  was  in,  advanced  and  grabbed 
Moore,  who  was  a  powerful  built  man,  weighing  over  200  pounds,  hurling 
him  several  feet  from  him,  against  the  scenes,  retaining  in  his  grasp  good 
sized  pieces  of  Chet's  coat,  vest  and  shirt.  Suffice  it  to  say,  Forrest  gave 
his  word  that  all  things  should  be  made  right,  and  the  performance  went 
on  as  though  nothing  had  happened. 

There  was  one  individual  in  Albany  who  took  much  interest  in  Forrest, 
and  to  whom  he  is  indebted  for  much  of  the  finish  so  necessary  in  the 
histrionic  art.  I  allude  to  James  Hunter,  one  of  the  editors  of  the  Albany 
Dailij  Advertiser,  and  one  of  the  best  theatrical  critics  of  that  day.  Mr. 
Hunter  would  seat  himself  in  the  box  nearest  the  stage,  watch  Forrest's 
every  movement,  action,  utterance,  pronunciation,  emphasis,  point,  —  and 
after  the  performance  he  would,  in  private,  point  out  such  faults  as  he  was 
thought  to  have  committed.  Hunter  lived  to  see  his  favorite  and  protege 
rise  to  the  highest  pinnacle  of  dramatic  ftime.  When  Hunter  died 
Forrest  came  on  from  Philadelphia,  or  some  other  distant  city,  expressly 
to  attend  his  funeral,  following  the  remains  of  his  best  and  well  tried 
friend  to  their  last  resting  place  as  one  of  the  chief  mourners. 

The  following  facts  have  been  gathered  from  some  of  Mr.  F.'s  letters, 
written  thirty-two  years  ago,  to  an  intimate  friend  from  boyhood.  I  re- 
gret to  say,  however,  they  have  not  spoken  or  corresponded  for  thirty 
years,  from  what  cause  I  am  unable  to  learn.  The  gentleman  I  allude  to 
is  Mr.  S.  H.  F.  retired  many  years  ago  quite  wealthy.  He  held  a  lucra- 
tive position,  an  office  of  honor,  profit  and  trust,  and  is  regarded  as  one 
of  our  most  estimable  citizens. 

Edwin  Forrest  was  born  in  March,  1806,  in  Plumb  (now  ]Monroe) 
street,  Philadelphia,  and  is  now  [1860]  54  years  of  age.  His  father  was  a 
Scotchman,  his  mother  an  American,  very  worthy  and  much  respected. 
They  were  strong  adherents  to  the  Scotch  Presbyterian  Church.  For- 
rest's father  was  the  runner  of  the  old  United  States  Bank,  and  died  in 
its  service.  There  were  six  children,  I  believe,  viz  : — Lyman,  Henrietta, 
Caroline,  William,  Edwin  and  Edgar.  Lyman  was  a  tanner  and  courier, 
his  shop  being  in  Second  street,  near  Callowhill.  It  is  said  that  in  tliis 
shop  Edwin  Forrest  gave  his  first  recitation,  on  a  stone  table  (used  by  his 
brother  for  dressing  leather),  for  the  amusement  of  the  workmen. 

It  nuiy  be  truly  said  that  Edwin  Forrest  was  born  an  actor.  He  was  a 
mere  child  at  this  time.  Lyman  Forrest  died  in  South  America.  William 
Forrest  was  a  printer.  He  learned  his  trade  in  Walnut  street,  between 
Second  and  Front.  Edwin  recited  from  Shakspeare  at  the  old  Star 
Harmony  Court  —  also  before  an  audience  at  the  Tivoli,  in  Market  street. 
At  this  time  he  had   inhaled  exhilarating  gas  at  an   exhibition  held  at 


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this  place,  and  it  was  here  his  genius  was  brought  to  light.  He  made  his 
first  bow  before  a  regular  theatrical  audience  in  1820,  as  Young  Norval, 
at  the  Walnut  Street  Theatre,  Philadelphia.  Forrest  was  a  clerk  in  the 
store  of  Mi-.  Tires,  ship  chandler,  on  the  wharf,  quite  a  lad  at  this  time. 
He  was  afterwards  assistant  in  the  store  of  a  Mr.  Baker,  a  very  worthy 
and  pious  man,  (a  Moravian),  in  Vine  street,  nearly  opposite  where 
McDonough's  Gayeties  is  now  located.  Young-  Forrest  gave  more  atten- 
tion to  Shakspeare  than  he  did  to  his  employer's  interest,  Mr.  B.  often 
remarking  :  "  Edwin,  this  thcoratical  infatuation  will  be  your  ruin  !" 
Forrest's  parents  —  being  strict  Scotch  Presbyterians  —  were  bitterly 
opposed  to  the  profession  he  had  chosen.  Forrest  was  one  of  Collins  & 
Jones's  company  of  Pioneer  Actors  of  the  West.  He  suffered  many 
privations,  being  obliged,  on  one  occasion,  to  swim  over  the  3'uskingum 
river,  the  stream  being  very  hiyli  and  funds  low.  He  boiled  corn  as  hard 
as  Pharoah's  heart,  to  keep  up  life.  This  was  in  the  wilds  of  Kentucky. 
He  played  comic  as  well  as  tragic  parts.  His  first  star  engagement  was 
after  the  expulsion  of  Edmund  Kean,  1826. 

It  has  been  doubted  by  some  that  Forrest  ever  performed  feats  of 
agility  in  the  circus,  but  there  is  no  mistake  about  it.  He  performed  in 
the  North  Pearl  Street  Amphitheatre  on  a  wager  (he  was  at  the  time  at- 
tached to  the  South  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  then  under  the  management  of 
Gilfert),  in  a  still  vaulting  act,  I  believe,  for  Bill  Gates's  benefit,  creating 
shouts  of  laughter  and  applause  from  those  present  who  knew  it  was 
Ned.  The  dress  he  wore  on  that  occasion  was  from  the  wardrobe  of  the 
establishment.  It  consisted  of  an  enormous  pair  of  Turkish  trousers, 
breast  plate  and  fly  —  his  feet  were  adorned  with  a  pair  of  sheep-skin 
pumps  —  (whoppers  in  size) — the  kind  worn  by  a  numerous  train  of 
auxiliaries.  But  few  knew  him,  but  much  fun  was  in  vogue  at  Ned's 
expense.  He  also  made  a  fi3'ing  leap  through  a  barrel  of  red  fire,  for 
Charley  Young's  benefit,  singing  his  eyebrows  all  off!  This  was  his 
last  "  big  leap"  in  the  show  business.  Sol.  Smith,  in  his  reminiscences, 
says  he  saw  Forrest  with  a  show  in  Kentucky.  "  Ned  was  performing 
flip-flaps  at  the  rate  of  240  per  minute,  and  the  way  he  kicked  the  dust 
was  a  caution  to  owls  !"  Forrest  played  for  Obe  Woodhull's  benefit  at 
the  Park  Theatre  before  he  played  atGilfert's  Bowery  Theatre.  Forrest, 
in  a  letter  dated  Albany,  January,  1826,  says  :  ''  To-morrow  night  I  do 
Tiniour  for  the  first  time.  0,  tempora  !  0,  mores !"  This  was  in  Gil- 
fert's  company.  Bob  Laidly  was  then  playing  the  same  part  at  the  North 
Pearl  Street  Circus.  A  letter  from  Forrest,  dated  Washington,  October 
14,  1826,  says:  "I  play  Damon  for  the  first  time  to-morrow  night." 
He  says  in  the  same  letter :  "  I  was  detained  and  did  not  reach  Wash- 
ington in  time.  Charley  Webb  appeared  as  my  suh,  and  played  Holla 
exceedingly  well."  In  another  letter  he  says :  "  Albany  is  not  the 
sphere  for  me  !  I  shall  play  with  Kean,"  et  cetera.  Forrest  was  a  great 
admirer  of  Kean.  He  commenced  his  star  engagement  at  the  Bull's 
Head  (Bowery)  Theatre,  January  17,  1825[?]. 

The  first  circus  that  ever  visited  Albany  (as  far  as  can  be  ascertained) 
performed  on  the  open  lot  near  wV.ere  Fort  Orange  formerly  stood,  now 
the  steam  boat  landing.  The  riders  were  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Stewart,  from 
England.  They  had  no  canvas  —  notliing  but  stakes  and  ropes,  forming 
a   ring   for   the  riders.     Collections  were   taken   up  by  the  clown  among 


44  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

the  audience  outside  the  ring.  Mrs.  Stewart  was  a  fearless,  graceful 
rider. 

Rickets's  English  Circus,  after  having  been  burnt  out  at  the  corner  of 
Fifth  and  Chestnut  streets,  Philadelphia,  iu  1795,  proceeded  north,  per- 
forming in  New  York  and  Albany,  and  thence  to  England.  West's  com- 
pany performed  at  Albany  in  1820,  in  the  Colonic,  back  of  a  stone 
cutter's  yard.  West  was  £i-om  England.  He  had  one  of  the  most  mag- 
nificent studs  of  horses  ever  seen  on  this  side  of  the  Atlantic.  His 
company  performed  several  seasons  at  the  Broadway  circus.  They  first 
produced  Timour  the  Tartar,  Cataract  of  the  Ganges,  Blue  Beard,  &c. 
West  sold  out  to  Price  &  Simpson,  of  the  old  Park  Theatre,  and  returned 
to  England  wealthy.  He  is  still  living  at  York  Cottage,  in  Yorkshire. 
Levi  North  married  his  daughter  in  England  some  years  ago. 

The  palmy  days  of  the  Price  &  Simpson  Circus  began  to  decline  in 
1826.  The  animals  all  perished  in  a  gale  of  five  days  duration  on  board 
the  ship  Orbit,  while  going  around  by  sea  to  Charleston  from  Baltimore. 
One  beautiful  animal  was  saved  of  the  entire  stud  (Fanny  More).  It 
was  described  as  a  heart  rending  scene  —  the  poor  animals  followed  in 
the  wake  of  the  vessel  until  they  disappeared,  one  after  another,  beneath 
the  waves.     After  this  disaster  circuses  seemed  to  have  died  out. 

Pepin  Burchard,  with  a  French  circus,  landed  in  Boston  in  1806,  from 
Spain.  They  performed  in  conjunction  with  West  at  Philadelphia. 
Pepin  built  the  Walnut  Street  Theatre.  One  of  his  riders  (Burt)  is  still 
living  in  Philadelphia.  Pepin  had  a  thorough  military  education.  He 
was  an  officer  in  the  cavalry  of  France.  He  was  one  of  the  most  graceful 
horsemen  of  the  time,  and  the  Beau  Nash  of  that  day.  Pepin  was  born 
in  Albany,  at  the  corner  of  North  Market  street  and  the  Colonic.  His 
parents  were  French.  They  left  Albany  for  Paris  when  Pepin  was  two 
years  of  age.     I  received  the  above  account  of  him  at  New  Orleans. 

Laison  had  a  circus  at  the  corner  of  Fifth  and  Prune  streets,  in  opposi- 
tion to  Rickets's,  in  1796,  being  an  extensive  establishment.  They  were 
all  Frenchmen,  a  splendid  pantomime  and  riding  troupe.  They  em- 
barked for  the  West  Indies,  and  were  never  heard  of  afterwards.  The 
building  fell  down  from  the  great  weight  of  snow  on  the  roof,  just  as  a 
company  of  soldiers  left  it,  being  used  as  a  place  to  drill  in.  There  was 
a  rumor,  many  years  ago,  that  the  celebrated  highwayman  that  attacked 
the  inn  kept  by  Mrs.  Pye,  between  Albany  and  Troy,  vras  one  of  Pepin's 
horsemen.  He  was  a  southerner.  He  certainly  made  a  Mazeppa  leap 
from  the  quay,  on  his  fleet  mare.  He  was  shot,  after  a  long  chase,  at 
Greenbush,  by  Billy  Winue,  it  is  said.  The  highwayman  died  in  Albany 
jail  of  his  wounds. 

There  was  a  circus  on  the  hill  in  Albany,  just  above  the  jail  in  State 
street,  corner  of  Eagle  street.  Parsons  was  the  proprietor.  This  was 
before  he  opened  the  Pearl  street  show,  in  1826.  It  was  on  this  spot  that 
Joe  Martin  exhibited  his  wild  beasts.  Tippo  Sultan,  the  great  elephant, 
was  the  star,  being  the  second  elephant  ever  seen  in  America.  Tippo 
saved  Joe's  life  in  the  Bowery,  New  York,  in  1822,  under  the  following 
circumstances :  Two  tigers  had  got  loose  from  their  cages  in  the  absence 
of  their  keepers.  Martin  came  into  the  caravan  at  this  moment.  One 
of  the  tigers  had  torn  the  lama  to  pieces,  and  was  feeding  on  it.  The 
other  tiger  had  attacked  the  lion,  the  lion  holding  the  tiger  in  chancery. 


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The  tiger  that  was  feeding  upon  the  lama  then  made  at  Joe  — he  had  a 
cane  in  his  hand,  and  kept  him  at  bay  till  he  got  to  the  elephant,  who, 
quick  as  thought,  with  his  trunk  placed  Joe  in  safety  on  his  own  back. 
Tippo  threw  the  tiger  with  great  violence  to  the  roof  of  the  building. 
The  alarm  was  given  and  the  animals  secured.  It  was  a  most  miraculous 
escape  for  Joe.  This  circus  consisted  of  John  vStickney  and  wife,  Bill 
Gates,  clown  (many  years  low  comedian  at  the  Bowery  Theatre),  Jim 
Westervelt,  rider  (died  from  the  effects  of  a  fall  from  his  horse  at  Syra- 
cuse), Mat  De  Garmo,  son  of  Dr.  De  Garmo,  of  Albany,  Jake  Burton,  an 
Albany  boy  (poor  Jake  died  in  the  mines  of  Galena),  Ned  Carter,  slack 
rope.  The  wonderful  pony  Billy,  30  inches  high,  was  a  great  curiosity  in 
those  days.  Old  Bill  Jones  was  the  groomsman  of  this  circus,  who,  I 
believe,  is  still  living  in  Albany.  There  was  also  a  theatrical  entertain- 
ment given  here.  Duffy  played  Timour,  the  stage  being  mother  earth. 
The  dressing  rooms  were  in  the  rear  of  the  old  jail.  Mrs.  Thompson 
played  Zorilda  —  her  charger  flew  up  the  steps  like  a  cat.  She  sang 
comic  songs  and  danced  the  slack  wire.  She  was  alive  a  few  years  ago, 
the  wife  of  a  strolling  actor  named  Chip.  Mrs.  Prichard  played  here. 
She  was  an  excellent  actress  —  she  was  formerly  Mrs.  Tatnall.  She  mar- 
ried Ham.  Hassick;  the  son  of  the  celebrated  Dr.  Hassick,  of  New  York. 
I  have  a  letter  in  my  possession  from  Mrs.  P.;  she  was  then  in  New 
Orleans.  She  says:  "  I  am  now  about  to  leave  New  Orleans  forever," 
&c.,  and  so  she  did.  The  steam  boat  on  which  she  was  took  fire,  on  Fied 
river,  and  she  perished.  She  was  a  beautiful  woman.  She  was  born  in 
Boston.  Her  maiden  name  was  Pemberton.  The  actors  boarded,  at  that 
day,  at  Foot's  inn.  State  street,  near  the  Capitol. 

Old  Jefferson  gave  a  theatrical  entertainment  in  Harmony  Hall.  He 
painted  the  scenes  himself,  being  a  first  class  artist. 

Old  Biven  had  a  theatrical  company  at  the  Thespian  Hotel,  in  North  Pearl 
street,  in  1822-23.  Charley  Webb  was  the  tragedian.  Webb  was  found 
drowned  in  the  canal,  at  Washington,  a  few  years  ago.  He  abandoned  the 
stage  fora  short  time,  and  commenced  an  engagement  in  the  pulpit — getting 
tired  of  preaching  he  again  joined  the  profession.  Mrs.  Meline  was  the 
vocalist.  Forbcsi  and  llufus  W.  Blake  played  here  —  both  are  still  living. 
Alec  Simpson  was  the  low  comedian.  He  was  a  printer,  and  served  his 
time  with  George  and  Charles  Webster,  at  the  old  Elm  Tree  corner.  Simp- 
son was  a  great  wag — a  perfect  original,  and  the  author  of  many  anec- 
dotes, songs,  &c.  Dr.  Carr,  the  original  Dusty  Bob.  in  Tom  and  Jerry, 
sufiered  much  from  Simpson's  fun.  Dr.  Carr  is  alive  and  in  Philadel- 
phia, in  the  Jew  business.  Biven  played  the  old  man.  An  amateur 
company  performed  here  occasionally.  The  company  consisted  mostly  of 
printers,  and  some  really  good  acting  was  witnessed  here.  I  can  well  re- 
member some  of  the  names  ;  B.  R.  Spelman,  James  W.  Parsons,  John 
Visscher,-  George  Vance,  Cornells  Wendell,  William  Campbell,  William 

1  Forbes  had  a  most  remarkable  faculty  of  turning  pale,  when  occasions  re- 
quired, upon  the  stage,  at  will.  I  never  heard  of  any  one  possessing  such  a 
conti'ol  over  the  color  of  his  face.  His  wife,  a  liandsome  woman,  used  to  sing 
Coming  thro'  the  Rye,  then  new,  with  great  effect. 

2  Visscher  died  17th  June,  1844;  Vance  died  23d  Feb.,  1843  ;  Thompson  died 
19th  April,  1835;  Webster  and  Cole  are  also  dead.     The  others  are  in  active  life. 


46  TJieatrical  Reminiscences. 

Thompson,  James  Duffey,  Thomas  Crow,  Philo  Webster,  Philo  K.  Cole, 
Addison  Low,  etc.     They  must  be  nearly  all  dead  now. 

Blanchavd's  circus  came  from  Quebec  in  1826,  and  joined  Parsons  at 
the  North  Pearl  Street.  Blanchard  was  an  Englishman.  He  died  at 
Louisville,  Ky.,  in  1837,  and  was  buried  by  the  Masonic  fraternity.  His 
son  George  is  still  living  in  that  city.  Cecelia  Blanchard  broke  her  leg 
while  riding  at  Utica,  in  1828,  which  had  to  be  amputated.  William, 
the  bare  back  rider,  died  in  Martinique  (W.  I.),  in  1831.  Blanchard 
opened  the  new  amphitheatre,  Baltimore,  in  1829,  and  realized  a  fortune, 
but  subsequently  lost  all.  He  opened  the  Chatham  G-arden,  New  York, 
as  a  circus,  and  failed.  For  many  years  he  kept  a  small  inn  on  the 
Bloomingdale  road.  Madame  Blanchard  is  now  a  French  cook  in  New 
York.  Cecelia  is  still  living  in  New  York.  The  immortal  Nosey  Phil- 
lips, of  free  lunch  memory,  was  Blanchard's  right  hand  man  at  this  time. 
I  he.or  he  is  defunct.  Well,  if  he  is  dead,  he  has  paid  one  debt  at  all 
events.     So  peace  to  his  gags  ! 

Old  Biven  opened  Vauxhall  Garden,  in  North  Pearl  street,  1826. 
Here  ice  cream,  fire  works,  and  Doty's  paintings  flourished  for  a  while  and 
caved  in.  Franklin  sang  the  Hunters  of  Kentucky,  in  that  day  a  song 
that  was  all  the  go.  Le  Febre  ballanced  guns  on  one  tooth,  &c.  A 
small  stage  was  erected  in  front  of  a  fountain,  and  on  those  boards  strut- 
ted the  African  champion,  Ilcwlet.  This  darkey  was  some  in  Richard 
and  Othello.  On  the  stage  he  tore  King  Dick  to  flinders,  and  of  a  hot 
summer's  night  the  audience  kept  a  respectful  distance  from  the  foot 
lights  (penny  dips),  in  consequence  of  the  strong  goat-like  odor  diifused 
over  the  garden.  Shakspeare's  proud  representative,  as  Hewlet  styled 
himself,  was  detected  in  New  York  in 

•'Taking  things  what  wasn't  hizzen, 
Then  arrested  and  sent  to  pi-izzen." 

Richard  Riker,  recorder  of  New  York,  gave  Hewlet  a  star  engagement 
at  Bellevue  for  one  year,  with  a  clear  benefit  at  the  expiration  of  the 
time.  After  receiving  sentence,  Hewlet  placed  himself  in  a  theatrical 
attitude,  exclaiming,  "  Lead  me  back  to  my  straw,"  —  "I  have  done  the 
state  some  service,"  &c.  Riker  replied  by  saying  "  he  should  do  the 
state  some  more  good  service."  Old  Hays,  the  renowned  high  constable, 
dropped  the  curtain,  and  Hewlet  was  led  back  to  his  straw  ! 

Trowbridge's  Museum,  corner  of  South  Market  and  Hudson  streets, 
was  a  great  show  in  the  olden  time.  Here  was  to  be  seen  the  rope  that 
hung  Hamilton,  for  shooting  Major  Birdsall,  on  the  green  near  the  Little 
Basin,  in  1813.  The  ghost  of  Samuel,  made  of  pine  wood,  popped  his 
whitewashed  head  out  of  the  tomb,  in  the  third  story,  the  melancholy 
scene  being  enlivened  by  the  antics  of  three  clowns.  Then  there  was  the 
Phantasmagoria,  pickled  babies  and  reptiles,  execution  of  Louis  the  Six- 
teenth, Daniel  Lambert,  Washington's  wife  weepingi  —  x  think  I  can  now 

lit  was  a  melancholy  spectacle  to  see  the  properties  of  this  ancient  Museum, 
the  old  Turtle,  Helen  Mar,  Daddy  Lambert,  Charlotte  Temple,  the  Witch  of 
Endor,  .Jesse  Strang,  .Jane  McCrea,  Gen.  Jackson,  and  a  hundred  other  worthies 
that  had  been  the  admiration  of  so  many  thousands  for  half  a  century,  thrown 
promiscuously  upon  a  common  cart,  and  dumped  into  a  canal  boat,  in  which  they 
were  transported  to  the  western  lakes,  and  down  the  Ohio  and  Mississippi,  where 
they  are  now  the  wonder  of  the  southwestern  country. 


Tlieatrical  Reminiscences.  47 

see  the  large  glass  tears  glued  to  her  venerable  cheeks  —  and  last,  though 
not  least,  that  ever  memorable  onjan  that  discoursed  such  sweet  music  ! 
How  often  did  that  soothing  instrument  pour  forth,  of  a  hot  summer's  af- 
ternoon or  in  mid  winter,  that  soul  stirring  air  of  MoUi/^  Hang  the  Kettle 
On.  I  presume  its  ancient  body  has  been  numbered  with  the  dead.  It 
must  have  actually  been  ground  to  death  I 

There  was  a  show  shop  at  the  corner  of  Division  and  Green  streets. 
Theatricals,  circuses,  &c.,  flourished  here  for  a  short  time,  in  1823  -  24. 
Old  Vilalave  and  family  danced  the  rope  here. 

The  amphitheatre  of  Parsons,  in  North  Pearl  street —  where  the  Meth- 
odist Church  now  stands —  was  probably  one  of  the  most  spacious  and 
perfect  in  all  its  appointments  in  the  Union.  The  ring  and  stage  were 
immense.  The  rear  of  the  building  was  constructed  with  an  opening 
into  a  garden  over  a  hundred  feet  in  depth,  thus  affording  a  grand  dis- 
play in  getting  up  such  spectacles  as  the  (Jataract  of  the  Ganges.^  Blue 
Beard.,  the  Siege  of  Montgatz,  etc.,  with  processions  of  men,  horses  and 
elephants,  producing  a  grand  and  truly  imposing  effect. 

The  following  are  the  names  of  some  of  the  dramatic  company  at- 
tached to  this  establishment :  Messrs.  Kenyon,  Thompson,  Lamb,  Laidley, 
Stevenson,  Henry  Eberlee,  Somerville,  C.  W.  Taylor,  Logan  (father  of 
Eliza  Logan,  the  celebrated  American  tragedienne,  lately  retired  with  a 
fortune),  Avery,  Roper,  Mrs.  Hatch,  Mrs.  Johnny  Cooke,  Miss  Eberlee, 
Miss  Hatch,  Mrs.  Lamb,  Miss  Robertson,  &c. 

The  equestrian  corps  consisted  of  West,  ring  master,  Masters  Jake 
Burton,  Rockwell,  W.  and  J.  Bancker,  Calahan,  Bill  Grates,  clown  (after- 
wards first  low  comedian  at  the  Bowery  Theatre),  Mrs.  Williams,  f^'wes 
trienne,  Hunter,  the  greatest  bare  back  rider  in  the  world,  Stickney,  &c. 
The  Cataract  of  the  Ganges,  and  spectacles  of  the  like  character,  were 
brought  out  here  in  a  style  of  splendor  probably  never  equaled.  The 
stud  of  horses  was  not  surpassed  in  number,  splendor  and  dexterity.  The 
celebrated  horse  White  Surrey  was  one  of  the  most  graceful,  beautiful, 
learned  creatures  that  ever  entered  the  ring.  Surrj  did  the  leading  bu- 
siness in  tricks,  storming  fortresses,  dashing  up  cataracts,  and  other  won- 
derful feats.  1 

I  have  some  interesting  incidents  connected  with  the  Green  Street 
Theatre,  furnished  by  one  of  the  company  attached  to  that  theatre,  who 
has  been  dead  for  many  years.  I  hope  you  will  excuse  the  imperfect 
manner  in  which  I  have  thrown  these  show  reminiscences  together.     The 

iMany  will  remember  the  Cataract  of  the  Ganges,  and  the  real  water,  and  the 
precipice  up  which  Mrs.  Cooke  rode  through  the  spray,  upon  that  wonderful  horse. 
Alter  this  business  came  to  an  end,  Johnny  Ccoke  opened  a  gai-den  at  a  farm 
house,  a  great  way  out  of  town,  near  where  the  State  Street  Presbyterian  Church 
now  is.  Pavements  have  seemingly  made  a  great  difference  in  distances.  He 
made  very  little  money  there,  but  was  of  some  service  to  agriculture  in  the  line 
of  irrigation,  in  this  way  :  He  used  to  exhibit  fire  works  at  this  place,  and  it 
was  only  necessary  to  post  up  his  bills  to  announce  the  fire  works,  to  bring  on  a 
shower,  that  generally  terminated  in  settled  rain.  The  clerk  of  the  weather 
seemed  to  have  had  a  special  grudge  against  .Johnny,  and  the  windows  of  lieaven, 
which  had  not  before  been  opened  since  the  deluge,  seemed  to  liavc  been  situated 
directly  over  his  garden.  He  served  in  the  war  of  1812,  in  the  Mexican  war,  and 
in  the  war  of  the  rebellion,  returning  from  the  latter  minus  an  arm,  and  still  re- 
sides in  the  city,  his  wife  having  died  many  years  ago,  a  devoted  member  of  the 
Methodist  church. 


48  Theatrical  Remmiscences. 

dates,  and  many  incidents,  I  have  collected  from  the  notes  of  some  old 
stagers,  that  have  long  since  made  their  "  final  exit  from  life's  busy 
stage." 

DuflFy  &  Forrest's  company  are,  I  believe,  nearly  all  dead.  Forrest 
was  a  printer.  It  is  a  little  strange  that  most  of  the  actors  of  the  olden 
time,  especially  Americans,  were  printers.  They  bowed  and  strutted 
their  "  brief  hour "  before  the  immortal  Ramage  press,  and  then  were 
heard  of  no  more  as  printers.  I  was  one  of  a  theatrical  company  some 
twenty-one  years  ago,  the  whole  establishment  was  fully  represented  by 
the  craft.  This  company  was  a  strolling  troupe,  and  traveled  through  the 
interior  of  Pennsylvania.  Charley  Porter,  the  veteran  actor  (still  living) 
was  a  printer  ;  also,  Harry  Henkins,  who  learned  his  trade  with  the 
Harpers.  T.  B.  Johnson,  then  a  novice  but  not  a  stick.,  for  he  has  since 
made  a  good  impression.  Joe  Gilbert,  who  afterwards  married  Mary 
Duff,  and  Peter  Logan,  were  printers.  The  latter  died  on  board  a  steam 
boat  on  the  Ohio  river  a  few  years  ago.  The  ladies  consisted  of  Charlotte 
Cushman,  Susan  Cushman  and  Mrs.  Logan. 

The  fate  of  poor  DuiFy  is  too  well  known  to  need  comment.  William 
Forrest  died  in  Philadelphia  in  18B4.  The  last  part  he  played  was  the 
gliost  in  a  burlesque  called  High,  Low.,  Jack  and  the  Game,  in  the  Arch 
Street  Theatre,  Philadelphia,  and  exclaimed  (his  last  words),  as  he 
descended  through  the  stage,  "D.  I  0."  — (damn  me,  I'm  off).  Forrest 
died  suddenly  that  night. ^  Harry  Quinn  was  one  of  that  company;  like 
Alec  Simpson,  he  had  lost  his  memory  The  last  night  he  ever  appeared 
on  the  stage  was  at  the  Arch  Street  Theatre.  His  dress  was  half  off  — 
he  stood  bewildered  —  Joe  Horton  apologized  for  him,  and  Quinn  was  led 
off  the  stage.  He  died  shortly  afterwards  at  Blakely  Hospital.  Eossiter, 
who  played  small  parts,  afterwards  ended  his  life  in  deep  tragedy  —  he 
committed  suicide  in  the  theatre.  Col.  James  Wallace  is  still  living  — 
he  was  editor  and  proprietor  of  the  Daily  Sun  for  many  years.  IJe  is 
now  assistant  editor  of  one  of  the  Louisville  papers.  The  colonel  mar- 
ried the  sister  of  Charles  Durang.  She  was  formerly  Mrs.  Grodey,  a  most 
excellent  actress,  attached  to  the  old  Park  Theatre  for  many  years. 
Fielding,  of  that  company,  died  in  the  West.  The  last  I  saw  of  him 
was  in  Kentucky.  He  had  made  a  firm  resolve  to  abandon  the  profession, 
as  times  had  become  desperately  bad.  Fielding  was  missed  —  no  person 
knew  of  his  whereabouts,  not  even  his  lavdlord  I  1  chanced  to  be  travel- 
ing through  the  country  one  day,  and  discovered  Fielding  hoeing  corn. 
It  was  a  very  hot  day.  In  his  left  hand  he  held  a  pocket  umbrella,  in 
the  right  his  hoe,  a  three  cornered  Panama  hat  on  his  head,  buff  stage 
boots  on  his  feet,  with  a  pair  of  fashionable  eye-glasses  over  his  nose. 
He  informed  me  that  he  had  got  along  finely  that  day.  for  he  had  hoed 
foui-  hills!  His  manager  (the  farmer)  was  a  Methodist  preacher,  and  a 
very  humane  man.  He  owned  a  distiller)/,  and  was  part  owner  of  a  stud 
horse,  that  Fielding  was  to  take  charge  of  and  manage  in  the  fall  and 
spring. 

Hardy   and  Hart  were  in  this  company.      They  formed  a  partnership 

1  William  Forrest  was  not  eminent  in  his  profession.  His  favorite  character 
Avaa  Robin  Roughhead,  in  Forivne's  Frolic.  When  Duffy  was  absent  and  busi- 
ness devolved  upon  him,  Fortune's  Frolic  was  sure  to  be  put  on  the  bill. 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  49 

and  managed  a  theatrical  troupe  in  Georgia.  Hart  became  very  unpop- 
ular, which  he  richly  deserved.  He  had  chartered  a  steam  boat  to  carry 
his  company  to  a  small  town  in  Florida.  A  small  tug  steamer  had  hove 
in  sight  of  Hart's  vessel  with  a  signal  of  distress  flying.  The  unfortu- 
nate passengers  and  crew  were  in  a  state  of  great  suffering.  Hart  saw 
all  this,  and  refused  to  give  succor  to  those  on  the  tug,  for  the  reason,  he 
said,  that  "  he  would  be  too  late  for  the  performance,  which  would  take 
place  the  next  night,  and  he  must  lose  no  time  !"  The  tug,  however, 
was  brought  to  the  port  of  Mobile  in  safety,  in  spite  of  this  heartless  Hart. 

Who  remembers  old  Sam  Jones  '/  Sam  was  in  this  company.  He  is  a 
Philadelphia  book  binder  by  trade.  He  left  the  stage  some  years  ago, 
and  is  still  living.  I  heard  him  make  a  political  speech  in  front  of  the 
State  House,  Philadelphia,  and  a  very  good  one  it  was.  Sam  was  "  sound 
on  the  goose  question."  I  don't  think  that  he  ever  heard  the  sound  of 
the  goose  (hisses)  in  his  show  days,  as  he  was  really  a  fair  actor. 

John  Kent  and  his  sisters  were  attached  to  this  company.  Mrs.  Her- 
bert (Ellen  Kent)  is  the  oldest  of  the  sisters.  The  youngest  (Eliza) 
married  little  Harry  Kni'ght,'  a  low  comedian,  at  Quebec.  Knight  had 
his  leg  cut  off  on  the  rail  road  between  Baltimore  and  Philadelphia,  in 
18o'J,  and  died  from  the  effects.  His  widow  married  George  Mossop —  a 
divorce  followed,  and  she  married  a  Mr.  De  Costa,  a  merchant  of  Phila- 
delphia, and  retired  from  the  stage.  Mossop  then  married  the  divorced 
wife  of  Harry  Hunt,  the  vocalist.  She  was  once  a  juvenile  prodigy 
(Miss  Lane),  daughter  of  INlrs.  Kinlock,  formerly  attached  to  the  Albany 
Museum  company.     After  Mossop  died  she  married  John  Drew,-  one  of 

1  Knight  used  to  sing  The  Poachers,  and  as  opportunities  to  sing  his  favorite 
song  did  not  occur  frequently  enough  to  satisfy  him,  he  used  to  go  into  the  upper 
boxes  and  call  for  Knight ;  whereupon  the  pit  would  take  it  up,  and  he  would  scud 
around  behind  the  scenes,  and  answer  the  call. 

2  John  Drew  died  May  21,  1862,  aged  35.  He  was  the  greatest  Irish  comedian 
since  Powers's  time.  Mr.  Drew  died  at  his  own  residence,  in  Philadelphia,  at  half- 
past  four  o'clock  Wednesday  afternoon,  probably  from  disease  of  the  heart.  He  was 
about  thirty-five  years  old,  was  born  in  Dublin,  Ireland,  and  entered  the  British 
navy  when  a  mere  boy.  When  vei'y  j^oung  he  went  upon  tlie  stage,  and  by 
degrees  attained  a  world  wide  reputation  in  Irish  characters.  In  Europe, 
America  and  Australia  he  was  equally  popular.  Only  a  few  months  ago,  after 
concluding  a  splendid  engagement  with  ^Ir.  Bourcicault.  in  England,  he  returned 
to  this  country,  and  two  weeks  since  completed  an  engagement  of  one  hundred 
and  one  nights  at  his  wife's  Arch  Street  Theatre,  Philadelphia.  Last  week  Mr. 
Drew  was  in  New  York,  feted  by  all  the  members  of  his  profession.  In  June  next 
he  proposed  to  return  to  England  to  play  a  starring  engagement.  Man  proposes 
and  God  disposes.  Nothing  but  a  lifeless  corpse  remains  to  us  of  Julin  Drew  — 
the  popular  actor,  (he  polished  gentleman,  the  Irish  Yorick,  the  fast  friend,  the 
good  fellow — except  his  pleasant  memory.  Tlie  funeral  was  attended  by  a  vast 
concourse  of  persons  of  both  sexes.  He  was  followed  to  Glen  Wood  Cemetery  by 
the  Masonic  fraternity,  the  Actors'  Order  of  Friendship,  citizens,  &c.  Many  of  the 
theatrical  profession  from  New  York  were  present.  Mrs.  Drew  is  a  widow  for  the 
third  time.  What  changes  of  scene  has  this  lady  seen  since  she  bore  the  name  of 
Louisa  Lane,  then  the  infant  prodigy  at  the  Park  Theatre,  and  at  a  later  date,  at 
the  Pearl  Street  Theatre  in  Albany.  iMrs.  Drew  will  continue  to  conduct  the 
Arch  Street  Theatre,  as  heretofore.  The  complimentary  benefit  which  was  being 
arranged  for  Mr.  Drew,  will  be  gotten  up  for  his  widow.  John  Drew  was  married 
to  Mrs.  Mossop,  formerly  Mrs.  Hunt,  in  1850,  in  Albany.  This  engagement 
was  no  doubt  the  luckiest  one  John  ever  made,  for  on  that  instant  he  could  com- 

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50  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

the  best  comedians  of  the  age.  Mrs.  Drew  is  now  performing  at  the 
Arch  Street  Theatre,  and  is  a  great  favorite,  and  an  unequaled  general 
actress. 

John  Green,  who  recently  died  in  Nashville,  Tenn.,  was  born  in  Phila- 
delphia in  1795,  of  Irish  parents,  was  a  printer,  and  learned  his  trade  in 
Shippen,  near  Fifth  street.  Old  Jack  was  one  of  the  pioneer  actors  of 
the  west.  His  personation  of  Irish  characters  could  not  be  excelled, 
and  this  was  the  opinion  of  the  critics  of  the  day.  His  wife  was  a 
talented  actress,  and  a  most  amiable  and  accomplished  lady.  She  was 
subject  to  deafness,  which  annoyed  her  much  on  the  stage,  as  she  could 
hear  but  very  indistinctly  the  words  of  the  actors.  Mrs.  Green  was  the 
original  Lady  Randolph  to  Forrest's  Young  Norval.  John  Green  was  a 
good  hearted  man,  and  was  the  worst  enemy  to  himself.  He  was  a  mem- 
ber of  the  American  Dramatic  Company  for  a  number  of  years.  He  has 
a  daughter  living  in  Philadelphia.  Edwin  Forrest  and  John  Green  were 
warm  personal  friends  from  earliest  boyhood.  The  last  I  saw  of  John 
Hamilton,  who  killed  Mr.  Duffy,  was  in  Louisville,  Ky.,  twenty-three  years 
since.  He  was  subject  to  fits  of  insanity  —  duiing  their  paroxysms  he 
would  rave  like  a  manacled  maniac,  his  friends  holding  him  with  all  their 
strength.  He  imagined  the  form  of  Duffy  was  gazing  upon  hija  in  a  sup- 
plicating manner,  and  fiends,  with  serpents  entwined  around  their  heads, 
were  about  to  convey  him  to  hell !  These  scenes  were  truly  horrifying 
to  all  persons  present.  Hamilton  married  old  Dyke's  daughter,  a  stroll- 
ing manager  of  the  west.  She  was  quite  young,  the  widow  of  an  actor 
by  the  name  of  Robinson.  Hamilton  died  in  one  of  his  ravings,  in  an 
obscure  village,  I  think,  in  Tennessee.  Hamilton  was  also  a  printer,  and 
worked  in  various  offices  in  Albany.  He  would  sub  it  during  the  day,  and 
play  at  the  theatre  at  night.  He  generally  played  second  old  men,  as- 
sisted in  choruses,  and  was  what  is  termed  a  general  utility  man. 

mand  an  engagement  at  any  theatre  in  tlie  country,  such  was  the  popularity  of 
this  versatile,  charming  and  accomplished  actress,  who,  we  venture  to  assert 
without  fear  of  conlradiction,  had  not  then  an  equal  in  this  or  any  other  country  — 
and  it  is  doubtful  whether  she  now  has  an  equal  as  a  general  actress.  Mrs. 
Drew  was  for  a  long  time  the  "bright  particular  star"  and  universal  favorite,  at 
Harry  ^leech's  Museum. 

John  Proctor,  the  prompter,  well  known  in  Albany,  in  the  South  Peai-1  Street 
Theatre,  was  one  of  tiie  massacred  at  the  battle  of  Williamsburgh.  lie,  as  well  as 
his  companions  in  arms,  begged  for  quarters,  but  in  vain.  'Ihe  rebels  tired  eight 
bullets  through  the  body  of  poor  Proctor,  and  beat  his  brains  out!  He  was 
buried  from  his  I'esidcnce  in  Piiiladelphia.  The  Williamsburgh  just  mentioned  is 
the  place  where  the  first  theatrical  representation  by  a  regular  company  of  come- 
dies took  place  in  America.  This  was  Hallam's  company.  The  first  piece  played 
was  tlie  Merchant  of  Vcnica,  in  1752.  During  the  revolution  they  occasionally 
played  at  Piiiladelphia,  and  in  Nassau  street,  New  York. 

Tlie  Drew  family,  which  has  become  well  known  to  the  public  on  account  of 
the  talent  possessed  by  its  members,  and  which  has  been  chiefly  directed  to  the 
profession  of  the  stage,  has  experienced  a  sad  mortality  among  its  male  members. 
Mr.  .)ohn  Drew  died  on  the  21st  of  i\Iay.  His  brother,  Edward  Drew,  captain  in 
Berdan's  regiment  of  sharpshooters,  Avas  killed  on  the  22d  of  July  before  Rich- 
mond, while  gallantly  leading  his  men  in  battle.  A  third  brother,  Gtorge  Drew, 
died  on  the  17th  of  August  at  Fortress  iMonroe,  of  typiioid  fever,  incurred  while 
on  duty  with  the  Forty-Ninth  New  York.  Of  four  brothers  who  were  alive  four 
months  ago,  the  only  survivor  and  only  male  representative  of  the  family  is  Mr. 
Frank,  at  present  filling  an  engagement  at  the  St.  Louis  Theatre.  —  Troy  Times. 


Theatrical  lieminiscences.  51 

John  Leslie  was  scene  painter  for  DufFj  &  Forrest.  He  was  also  at 
the  North  Pearl  Street  Circus,  with  an  Italian  scene  painter  named 
Aperasso,  an  excellent  artist.  He  painted  the  scenes  for  Parsons's  Thea- 
tre, in  Orange  street,  near  the  river,  while  the  new  building  was  being 
erected.  Aperasso  was  a  genius  in  his  way.  He  was  tall,  Don  Quixotte 
looking,  and  very  absent  minded.  He  received  several  severe  falls  while 
decorating  the  dome.  He  was  determined  to  make  himself  safe,  after 
that,  if  ropes  could  aid  him.  He  accordingly  fastened  a  strong  rope 
around  his  waist,  and  ascended  to  the  scaffold  in  the  dome.  The  other 
end  of  the  rope  he  had  fasfeued  in  fhej^it !  Suffice  it  to  say,  poor  Ap- 
erasso came  down  that  day  in  a  hurry,  with  paints,  pots  and  brushes.  He 
never  fully  recovered  from  the  effects  of  this  fall.  John  Leslie  is  on  his 
farm  in  Kentucky.  He  was  a  sea-faring  man  in  his  younger  days,  and  his 
marine  views  were  much  admired. 

Frimbly  played  in  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre.  His  style  of  acting  was 
not  much  admired.  He  stood  in  the  position  of  ancient  statuary  —  not 
an  interesting  exhibition  at  the  best.  He  was  also  a  great  dancer  — and 
especially  in  sailors'  hornpipes  was  unequaled.  Frimbly  met  an  untimely 
death  in  New  Orleans,  in  18:'5  —  being  shot  in  a  duel  in  the  most 
cowardly  manner,  by  an  actor  by  the  name  of  Spencer,  and  died  in  a  few 
hours  afterwards.  Frimbly  being  much  agitated,  and  his  nervous  system 
greatly  deranged,  he  could  scarcely  hold  the  pistol  in  his  hand.  Spencer, 
on  the  other  hand,  was  an  excellent  shot,  cool  and  calculating.  Frimbly 
expired  in  the  most  excruciating  agony.  The  funeral  was  postponed  for 
an  hour,  at  the  suggestion  of  old  DeCamp,  of  the  St.  Charles  Theatre, 
for  the  purpose  of  having  an  investigation  by  the  coroner.  It  was  clearly 
shown  that  Spencer  fired  before  the  time.  The  burial  took  place  after 
dark,  out  at  the  swamp.  There  was  a  strong  demonstration  to  lynch 
Spencer  that  night,  but  he  escaped  to  Texas,  and  joined  Fanning's  party, 
and  was  afterwards  killed  by  the  Mexicans.  Spencer  was  the  vocalist  at 
the  Bowery  Theatre  in  1832,  and  made  his  appearance  about  the  same 
time  with  Hadaway,  the  low  comedian.  They  were  both  from  England. 
The  following  comprised  Duffy  &  Forrest's  company,  at  the  Pearl 
Street  Theatre  :  John  Green,'  Wallace,  Proctor  (now  starring  it  in 
Europe),  John  Herbert,  lliley,  John  Kent,  W.  S.  Walton,  Bobby  Meer, 
John  Hamilton  (who  killed  J)uffy),  (Jorey,  Fielding,  Lansing  (Lans. 
Dougherty),  James,  Frederick,  Parkinson,  Harry  Knight,  Harrison,  Mc- 
Conachy,  Master  Meer,  Mrs.  Greene,  Mrs.  Meer,  iMrs.  DeGrouch,  Miss 
Woodhull,  Miss  Virginia  Monier,   Miss  Ellen  Kent,  Miss  Eliza  Kent. 

Wemyss  played  here,  and  was  considered  a  very  good  light  comedian 
at  that  day.  He  was  an  Englishman,  and  manager  of  various  theatres  in 
the  United  States.  He  wrote  a  history  of  the  stage,  full  of  egotism  and 
nonsense.  He  also  published  a  chronology  of  the  American  stage,  full  of 
error  —  for  instance,  he  says,  Ingersoll  died  in  St.  Louis.  He  died  at 
Nashville,  Tenn.,  of  inflammation  of  ihe  brain,  on  the  5th  of  June,  1837. 
Ingersoll  was  a  great  favorite  at  the  Bowery,  a  man  of  amiable  manners, 
good  heart,  and  capable  of  aioving  in  the  first   walks  of  the   profession. 

1  Green  was  at  a  later  day  stage  manager  for  Duffy.  Ilis  favorite  character 
was  Jclin  Lump,  in  Irishman  in  London,  and  wlien  Duffy  was  absent  that  farce 
was  always  sure  to  be  put  on  the  bill. 


52  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

Scores  of  other  gross  errors  occur  in  Wemyss's  book.  Wemyss  died  in 
New  York.     He  was  one  of  the  officers  of  the  American  Dramatic  Fund. 

Jack  Collins,  with  his  roiind,  red  and  good  natured  phiz,  strutted  on 
the  Albany  boards.  Jack  was  a  good  fellow  and  a  fiiir  actor.  He  was 
the  son  of  Lord  Dacres,  with  whom  the  Yankees  contended  on  the  broad 
Atlantic.     Collins  died  in  New  Orleans. 

Henry  Rockwell,  a  beautiful  boy,  from  Utica,  was  one  of  Parsons's 
apprentices  at  the  North  Pearl  Street  Circus. i  He  was  manager  of 
various  companies  in  the  United  States.  He  erected  a  theatre  in  Cin- 
cinnati, and  at  one  time  was  quite  wealthy  —  he  failed  in  the  business, 
and  died  shortly  afterwards.  A  gentleman  by  the  name  of  Jiagely,  of 
Albany,  was  his  guardian.  His  life  was  strange  and  romantic.  It  never 
was  rightly  known  who  his  parents  were.  I  will  relate  an  incident  that 
occurred  some  twenty-five  years  ago,  which  may  be  interesting.  I  was 
standing  in  company  with  Rockwell  one  cold  night,  on  the  corner  of 
Camp  and  Poydras  streets.  New  Orleans,  in  the  fall  of  1836.  An  Eng- 
lish woman  approached  us  with  two  small  boys,  about  five  and  seven  years 
of  age.  She  seemed  weighed  down  with  grief  She  asked  if  we  knew 
of  any  humane  person  who  would  take  her  children  and  rear  them  —  she 
had  married  a  second  husband,  who  was  a  Balize  pilot,  and  she  resided 
with  him  at  the  South  West  Pass  of  the  Mississippi  river.  This  spot  is  one 
of  the  most  dreary.  Godforsaken  places  I  eversaw,  the  pilot's  house  being 
erected  on  piles  and  svirrounded  by  swamps,  drift  logs,  alligators,  &c.  The 
poor  mother  informed  us  that  her  husband  had  formed  an  ill  feeling 
towards  her  children,  and  she  had  come  up  to  the  city,  at  his  request,  to 
get  rid  of  them,  or  never  return  herself  Rockwell  took  the  oldest  boy. 
and  a  man  by  the  name  of  Outlmc,  a  constable,  took  the  other.  It  was  a 
heart  rending  scene  to  see  the  mother  and  children  i^art  forever  I  Out- 
law, being  a  man  of  dissolute  habits,  neglected  the  child  that  was  given 
to  him.  It  died  soon  afterwards,  I  learned,  of  yellow  fever.  Rockwell 
well  trained  the  other  little  fellow  in  the  arts  and  mysteries  of  the  ring, 
and  he  soon  became  a  great  favorite.  The  company  commenced  its  tour 
through  Florida  and  x\labama.  Little  John,  that  was  the  youthful  rider's 
name,  was  taken  sick — physicians  pronounced  it  a  hopeless  case  —  the 
company  was  obliged  to  leave  for  other  towns  northward,  and  we  were  re- 
luctantly compelled  to  leave  him,  and,  as  we  supposed,  forever,  in  the 
hands  of  strangers.  Many  years  passed,  and  the  fate  of  Little  John  re- 
mained a  mystery.  I  happened  to  be  in  New  Orleans  on  another  occasion. 
One  night,  at  a  masquerade  ball,  a  rough,  sea-faring  man  approached  me 
and  asked  my  name,  and  if  I  knew  one  Rockwell.  He  was  the  step- 
father of  John  C.  He  informed  me  that  his  wife  had  been  dead  many 
years.  Before  she  died  she  had  received  a  letter  from  her  son  in  Ala- 
bama.    This  was  Little  John.     He  recovered  from  his  sickness,  and,  like 

1  Mention  is  clue,  in  these  reminiscences,  to  Henry  P.  Madigan,  theatrical  and 
circus  manager,  and  father  of  Rose  Madigan,  the  famous  equestrienne,  who  died 
at  Kingston,  Jamaica,  in  1863,  at  the  age  of  forty-eight.  Mr.  ^ladigan  was  born 
in  this  city.  He  commenced  his  circus  career  at  the  North  Pearl  street  establish- 
ment, now  the  North  Pearl  Street  Methodist  Church.  He  performed  here  in  18:^6, 
under  manager  West,  with  ]\Ias(er  Burton,  Blanchard,  Herr  Kline  and  others. 
Madigan  was  a  most  daring  and  graceful  rider  —  one  of  the  best  that  this  country 
ever  produced. 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  63 

Oliver  Twist,  had  fallen  into  the  hands  of  a  good  Samaritan,  the  daughter 
of  his  benefactor.  Now  the  curtain  drops  on  this  strange  dranui.  The 
youthful  rider  I  have  spoken  of  was  one  of  the  fillibustering  party  under 
Lopez,  who  was  captured  and  garroted  at  Cuba,  a  few  years  ago. 

In  the  orchestra  of  liiven's  Theatre,  North  Pearl  street — near  the 
corner  of  Patroon,  was  an  old  Frenchman  by  the  name  of  Mons.  Mallet 
(pronounced  Malla).  This  was  the  identical  person  from  whose  history 
Hackett,  the  actor,  first  conceived  the  idea  of  forming  the  play  of  Mons. 
3IaUet.  This  Frenchman  was  ardently  attached  to  Napoleon,  and  after 
the  exile  of  the  emperor.  Mallet  was  obliged  to  flee  to  the  United  States, 
leaving  behind  him  an  only  and  beautiful  daughter.  He  took  up  his 
abode  in  an  obscure  New  England  village.  He  called  daily  at  the  post 
office  for  a  letter  from  his  daughter,  asking  for  a  letter  for  Mons.  31aUa. 
He  was  of  course  answered  in  the  negative,  the  clerk  seeing  no  such  name 
as  Malla  (spelt  Mallet).  The  poor  Frenchman  was  nearly  insane  at 
the  disappointment — -still  he  called  at  the  post  office  daily,  and  received 
the  usual  answer  of  "  no  letter  for  Mons.  Malla."  By  accident  the  letter 
was  discovered  by  a  person  who  understood  French,  and  the  old  French- 
man received  the  joyful  news  of  his  daughter's  safety.  She  shortly  after- 
wards arrived  in  the  United  States.  Mr.  Hacketti  was  playing  Mons. 
Mallet  many  years  ago  in  Boston.  Judge  of  his  surprise  when  he  was 
informed  that  the  hero  of  this  play  was  then  in  the  orchestra  ! 

I  became  acquainted  with  two  young  men  in  the  southwestern  country 
some  twenty-two  years  ago.  They  were  both  Albanians,  and  had  em- 
braced the  theatrical  profession.  They  passed  through  the  most  thrilling 
scenes  I  ever  heard  of  on  the  stage  of  life.  The  first  one's  name  was 
James  Low.  He  was  the  low  comedian  at  the  Louisville  Theatre,  under 
the  management  of  Mrs.  Drake.  Madame  Celeste  was  at  that  time  play- 
ing the   French   Spy.     Low  was   playing  Toney,  the  comic  part  in  the 

1  Hackett  pevfornied  Falstaif  for  three  successive  nights  at  Tweddle  Hall, 
Albany,  in  Marcli,  1864,  under  the  announcement  of  his  last  appearance  before 
retiring  from  the  stage.  The  company  that  supported  him  was  a  very  weak  one, 
and  there  being  great  attractions  elsewhere,  among  them  the  Army  Relief  Bazaar, 
(he  attendance  was  not  great.  Yet  Falstaflf  was  well  represented.  The  following 
item  was  published  at  the  time  in  the  papers  :  "  Mr.  James  H.  Hackett,  who  was 
announced  to  play  before  the  public  of  Albany  for  five  nights,  has  retired  from  the 
field  after  having  made  his  appeai-ance  three  times  before  audiences  so  small  as  to 
fall  far  short  of  paying  expenses.  Not  a  little  comment  has  been  excited  by  the  fact 
that  he  came  here  to  play,  after  having  been  announced  upon  the  lecture  course 
of  the  Young  Men's  Association  for  two  successive  years,  and  failed  in  both  in- 
stances to  keep  his  engagement.  It  might  be  natural  to  suppose  that  there  was 
no  definite  arrangement  as  was  implied  by  the  announcement.  The  public  ought, 
therefore,  to  be  informed  that  there  was  a  positive  promise  to  come,  and  that  Mr. 
Hackett  has  exhibited  an  indifference  to  the  fulfillment  of  his  engagements  which 
is  as  discreditable  to  him  as  it  lias  been  embarrassing  to  lecture  committees.  His 
flippancy  in  breaking  engagements  has  only  been  equaled  by  his  readiness  and 
apparent  sincerity  in  making  them.  Though  there  has  been  no  explanation  of 
this  before,  the  public  seems  to  have  had  an  intuitive  appreciation  of  the  circum- 
stances of  the  case,  as  Mr.  Hackett  has  learned  to  his  mortification.  Had  he  kept 
his  faith,  he  might  have  had  the  satisfaction  of  appearing  before  an  audience  as 
large  as  Tweddle  Hall  will  hold,  but  he  chose  another  course,  and,  as  a  result, 
has  ample  food  for  reflection.  Similar  associations  in  the  western  cities  of  the 
state,  which  have  been  treated  by  him  in  the  same  manner,  will  read  of  his  expe- 
rience here  with  no  little  interest." 


54  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

piece.  In  the  fighting  scene  Touey  rushes  on  the  stage  with  a  bayonet 
in  his  right  hand  —  he  pretends  to  be  killed,  and  lies  down  as  if  dead — ■ 
he  suddenly  rises  to  his  feet  and  hurries  oflf  the  stage  hachwards.  In 
this  manner  poor  Low  rushed  off  the  stage,  clinching  the  instrument  of 
his  death  !  His  hand  came  in  contact  with  one  of  the  wings  with  great 
force,  and  ran  the  bayonet  deep  into  his  groin,  and  he  staggered  into  the 
green  room.  I  was  near  him  when  he  expired.  His  last  words  were, 
"  Mother .'"  The  scene  was  truly  horrible.  The  contortions  of  the 
painted  face,  while  in  the  agonies  of  death,  can  never  be  effaced  from  the 
memory  of  those  who  witnessed  this  melancholy  sight.  The  performance 
proceeded  notwithstanding. 

The  other  person  was  Lansing  Dougherty,  son  of  Counselor  Dougherty, 
of  Albany,  who  was  attached  to  Duffy  k  Forrest's  company,  under  the 
name  of  Lansing.  He  started  with  a  theatrical  company  for  Texas  from 
New  York,  on  board  a  schooner.  The  vessel,  during  a  severe  gale  in  the 
gulf,  was  capsized,  with  keel  up,  at  midnight!  All  the  passengers  and 
crew  were  lost  except  Dougherty  and  another  young  man,  whose  name  I 
have  forgotten.  They  mtmnged  to  hold  on  to  their  births  for  two  days,  in 
their  living  tomb,  there  being  just  room  enough  between  the  decks  for 
their  heads  to  remain  out  of  water.  The  sea  had  finally  become  calm,  and 
they  had  as  much  light  as  if  in  a  diving  bell.  They  could  distinctly  see 
the  sharks  playing  about  and  devouring  their  companions  !  They  re- 
solved to  make  one  desperate  dive  for  the  companion  way,  and  reach  the 
keel  of  the  vessel  if  possible.  Dougherty's  companion  was  to  dive  first, 
and,  if  successful,  was  to  give  a  loud  knock  on  the  planks.  He  made  the 
first  dive,  and  was  successful.  In  a  few  moments  Dougherty  heard  the 
knock.  He  also  made  the  fearful  dive,  and  reached  the  keel  of  the  ves- 
sel. But  here  fresh  horrors  and  sufferings  awaited  them.  For  three  long 
dreary  days  they  clung  to  the  vessel  in  the  broiling  sun,  with  no  clothing 
but  their  shirts  !  Their  bodies  became  full  of  blisters  and  sores  from  the 
heated  copper  on  the  keel.  They  were  finally  picked  up  by  a  vessel  and 
brought  to  New  Orleans  —  the  most  miserable  looking  subjects  the  eye 
ever  beheld.  I  obtained  the  account  from  Dougherty  shortly  after  be 
came  out  of  the  hospital.  I  last  saw  Dougherty  at  Cincinnati,  playing 
old  men  in  John  Young's  company. 

Miss  Pelby,  an  excellent  actress,  played  at  this  theatre.  She  was  from 
Boston,  and  the  daughter  of  manager  Pelby.  Her  mother,  a  very  tal- 
ented lady,  modeled  the  group  of  wax  statuary  The  Trial  of  Christ.  The 
Mestayer  family  are  related  to  the  Pelbys.  Mrs.  Mestayer  and  Mrs. 
Pelby  are  sisters.  Mrs.  C.  Thorne  —  wife  of  Charley  Thorne,  the  actor, 
who  has  just  received  an  immense  fortune  from  his  father's  estate,  in  New 
Yoi'k  —  is  niece  of  Mrs.  Pelby.  The  Mestayer  family  were  all  connected 
with  the  stage.  John  was  a  low  comedian  —  he  is  dead.  Lewis  played 
old  men.  Charley  is  dead.  His  widow  is  Barney  Williams's  wife.  Old 
Mestayer  is  dead.  Harry  Mestayer  was  connected  with  the  circus.  He 
was  an  excellent  violin  player. 

The  first  tight  rope  dancer  of  any  note  flourished  in  the  reign  of 
Charles  the  II.  His  name  was  Johnny  Hall.  Ducrow  was  a  famous 
rope  dancer  and  rider.  Herr  Cline  was  born  in  London.  His  brother 
Andrew,  a  Herculean  performer,  was  born  in  Germany.     Thomas,  another  . 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  55 

brother,   was  a  melo-dramatic   actor  of  the  Old  Franklin  Theatre,  New 
York.     His  daughter  was  Jerry  Merrifield's'  wife. 

GoflP,  the  man  monkey,  was  one  of  Ducrow's  productions.  The  bills  of 
the  day  metamorphosed  GofF  into  a  Frenchman,  known  as  Mons.  Goffe. 
He  was  a  London  cockney,  and  came  as  near  imitating  the  monkey  as  any 
human  being  could,  on  or  off  the  stage.  He  performed  in  Albany.  He 
came  to  the  United  States  with  Fletcher,  the  statue  man.  Fletcher  mar- 
ried Miss  Geer,  of  Duffy  &  Forrest's  company. 

Edmond  S.  Connor  is  living  in  New  York.  He  married  Charlotte,'' 
daughter  of  Jack  Barnes.  Connor  was  at  one  time  manager  of  the  Gl'een 
Street  Theatre,  Albany.  Old  Mrs.  Barnes  — once  a  star  of  the  first  mag- 
nitude —  is  still  living.  She  w^is  sister  to  Mrs.  Walstein,  who  played  old 
women  equal  to  Mrs.  Barrett,  of  Gilfert's  company.  Mrs.  Walstein  was 
attached  to  Biven's  company  —  the  theatre  being  in  Division  street,  near 
Green. 

Mr.  Danfield  had  out  flaming  posters  that  he  would  give  a  grand  exhi- 
bition of  fireworks  on  the  hill,  in  Washington  street,  near  the  old  hay 
scales,  I  think,  in  1824  or  '25.  Fireworks  had  been i')layed  out,  in  a  man- 
ner. Several  exhibitions  of  that  kind  had  been  given  by  a  Mr.  Buck- 
master.  iMr.  B.  had  declared  that  he  would  astonish  the  Bucktails  at 
one  of  his  firey  exhibitions  (many  years  before  the  display  intended  upon 
the  hill),  old  Buck  astonished  himself,  as  well  as  the  doctors.  He  was 
foolhardy  enough  to  fire  one  of  the  rockets  with  a  lighted  cigar  held  in 
his  mouth.  Buck  retired  a  wiser  and  better  man,  being  terribly  burned. 
Danfield's  exhibition  was  a  miserable  failure,  from  the  following  curious 
reason  :  About  this  time  a  hen's  egg  was  found  in  a  nest  in  the  neigh- 
borhood of  Isaac  Dennison's  mansion.  On  the  egg,  in  bas  relief  letters, 
was  this  strange  inscription  :  "  Oh,  ye  sinners,  repent,  for  the  loorld  tvill 
be  burned  on  the  tenth  day  of  November  !"  Very  few  persons  thought 
of  amusement  —  the  excitement  ran  high.  There  were  no  spiritualists 
or  Millerites  in  those  days,  and,  if  there  had  been,  they  would  have  been 
thrown  far  in  the  background.  Knots  of  sinners  could  be  seen  on  the 
corners  of  the  streets,  discussing  the  coming  event.  Some  folks  fairly 
howled  with  fear  and  trembling.  Some  became  as  patient  as  lambs 
about  to  be  led  to  the  slaughter,  and  awaited  the  coming  of  the  "  general 
muss  "  with  Christian  resignation.  A  poor  devil,  a  barber,  became  so 
nervous  while  shaving  a  customer,  that  he  actually  shaved  one  of  his  ears 
off!  Old  grandfather  Tweed  Dcde,  of  the  Lancaster  school  (who  never 
flogged  the  urchins),  was  minus  of  scholars  for  many  a  day.  The  fightino- 
youtiis  of  the  hill  and  Foxes  creek  ceased  to  batter  each  other  with'brick^ 
bats  during  this  awful  suspense.  Hitetites  had  played  out.  Jim  Board- 
man,  who  ''  built  stronger  than  the  mason,"  and  who  was  always  on  hand 
to  assist  the  coroner  in  rifling  the  pockets  of  drowned  persons,  declared 
that  the  ''  folks  were  crazy,  when  they  might  escape  the  conflagration  by 
putting  for  Lower  Canada."     Old   Penny,  a  demented  street  preacher, 

1  Jerry  Merrifield  was  found  dead  in  his  bed  at  St.  Louis,  Au<Tust,  18G2.  lie 
was  well  known  in  Albany,  was  an  excellent  comedian,  and  a  clever  fellow  £>:eue- 
rally. 

2  Cbarlotte  Mary  Sanford  Barnes,  wife  of  Edmond  Shepherd  Connor,  died  in  New 
York,  April  14,  1863,  after  a  short  illness. 


56  Theatrical  Reminiscences. 

pitched  into  the  sinners  right  and  left,  and  warned  all  hands  to  keep  their 
eyes  skinned  for  the  fatal  10th  of  November  !  John  Winne  and  Lew 
Mcintosh,!  typos,  said  "The  10th  naight  come  and  be  damned.  They 
had  received  nothing  but  lottery  tickets  for  their  services  (the  boss  gave 
lottery  tickets  to  the  jours  in  lieu  of  cash).  They  had  drawn  nothing 
but  blanks  for  six  months,  and  had  become  desperate  !"  Johnny  Felt- 
man  gave  them  ftitherly  advice,  and  with  tears  in  his  eyes  begged  them 
to  "repent,  and  remember  the  little  scores  on  his  slate  before  the  lOth." 
The  affair,  of  course,  turned  out  to  be  a  decidedly  had  egg.  The  hoax  was 
got  up  by  a  shoemaker,  by  preparing  the  shell  of  the  egg  with  a  strong  acid, 
after  putting  on  the  letters.  Hence  this  grand  hubbub  among  the  weak 
minded  and  credulous  ! 

Old  Piatt  a  magician,  performed  slight-of-hand  and  ventriloquism  on 
public  occasions  in  the  summer.     Among  some  of  the  interesting  experi- 
ments performed  by  the  professor  were  running  pins  and  needles  in  various 
parts  of  his  body,  biting  and  licking  a  red  hot  poker.     A  collection  was 
then  taken  up  for  old  Piatt's   benefit.      He  could   generally  be  seen  on 
Finkster  dai/,-  among  the  darkies,  with  his  violin,  on  the  hill  —  Pinkster 
hill  —  south  of  the   Capitol.     Pinkster  day  was  a  great  day,  a  gala  day, 
or  rather    week  —  for  they   used   to   keep   it  up   a   week  —  among   the 
darkies.      The  dances  were  the  original  Congo  dances,  as  danced  in  their 
native  Africa.      They  had  a  chief,  Old  King  Charley.     The  old  settlers 
said  Charley  was  a  prince  in  his  own  country,  and  was  supposed  to  have 
been  one  hundred  and  twenty-five  years   old  at  the  time  of  his  death! 
On  these  festivals  old  Charley  was  dressed  in  a  strange   and  fantastical 
costume  —  he  was  nearly  bare  legged,  wore  a  red  military  coat,  trimmed 
profusely  with  variegated  ribbons,  and  a  small  black  hat  with  a  pompoon 
stuck   in   the   side.      These  dances  and   antics  of  the  darkies  must  have 
afforded  great  amusement  for  the  ancient  burghers.      As  a  general  thing 
the  music  consisted  of  a  sort  of  drum,  or  instrument  constructed  out  of 
a  box  with  sheep  skin  heads,  upon   which   old  Charley  did  most  of  the 
beating,  accompanied  by  singing  some  queer  African  air.     Charley  gene- 
rally led  off  the  dance,  when  the  Sambos  and  Philises,  juvenile  and  anti- 
quated, would  put  in  the  double-shuffle-heel-and-toe-breakdown,  in  a  man- 
ner that  would  have  thrown  Master  Diamond  and  other  modern  rork-omons 
somewhat  in  the  shade.     These  festivals  seldom   failed  to  attract  large 
crowds  from  the  city,  as  well  as  from  the  rural  districts,  affording  them  a 
huge  amount  of  unalloyed  fun.     Negro  minstrelsy  has  held  its  own  down 
to  the  present  day,  it  now  being  in  full  feather,  and  is  likely  to  continue 
for  years  to  come. 

Thirty-five  years  ago  a  sort  of  menagerie  opened  in  the  stable  opposite 
Bowlsby's  Hotel,  in  North  Market  street,  southwest  corner  of  Van  Tromp 
street.  The  lower  part  of  the  building  is  now  occupied  as  a  stove  store, 
&c.,  and  the  upper  part  by  several  families.  Bowlsby's  was  considered  a 
first  class  hotel  in  those  days,  equal  to  Skinner's  and  Rockwell's,  after- 
wards called  the  City  Hotel  and  3Iansion  House,  the  sites  of  those  two 
celebratod  hotels  now  being  occupied  by  those  magnificent  structures 
Marble  Hall  and  Ransom's  Building.      Bowlsby's  Hotel  was  previously 

'Lew  died  prematurely  of  bad  habits,  and  was  buried  by  tbe  printers. 
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kept  by  Reuben  Smith,  uncle  to  Captain  Henry  Smith,  a  brave  young 
officer,  aid  to  General  Scott,  in  his  Mexican  campui<in,  in  which  Captain 
Smith  lost  his  life.  Members  of  the  legislature,  and  other  dignitaries,  so- 
journed at  this  house.  But  to  the  show  —  it  consisted  of  two  cub  bears  — 
Dandy  Jack,  a  gloomy  looking  monkey,  was  the  star  —  a  calf  with  two 
heads,  and  a  monster  that  was  thrown  upon  the  beach  at  Staten  Island  — 
at  least  so  the  showman  informed  the  audience.  It  was  drawn  on  four 
wheels,  and  was  about  twenty  feet  long —  it  was  a  sort  of  What  is  if.  Its 
tale  resembled  that  of  a  whale  —  its  body  was  black  and  smooth,  the 
head  square,  with  a  pair  of  eyes  resembling  two  bung  holes  in  a  large 
sized  hogshead.  Dr.  Latham  was  the  manager.  Stevens,  in  his  travels 
in  South  America,  speaks  of  finding  a  small  ranche  on  the  Andes,  I  think, 
and  was  greatly  astonished  to  discover  human  beings  living  in  this  re- 
mote region.  He  hailed,  in  Spanish,  two  men,  but  judge  of  his  surprise 
when  he  was  answered  in  English^  by  two  ^/Ve  Yankees,  viz:  Dr.  Latham 
and  his  partner,  who  were  trapping  wild  beasts ! 

This  menagerie  I  have  spoken  of  was  destroyed  by  a  mob  at  Waterloo, 
in  the  western  part  of  the  state.  The  manager  had  changed  the  critter 
to  a  %Dliale.  The  show  folks  besmeared  it  through  the  day  with  a  very 
rancid  kind  of  oil  —  the  odor  having  the  effect  to  keep  the  meddling  au- 
dience at  a  respectful  distance,  as  close  examination  would  be  fatal  to  the 
whale  stock.  A  prying,  meddlesome  lawyer  —  a  Yankee,  of  course  — 
felt  extremely  anxious  to  ascertain  the  exact  thickness  of  the  whale's 
liide.  He  accordingly  took  out  his  knife,  regardless  of  the  whale-y  smell, 
and  cut  a  large  hole  in  the  side  of  the  monster.  The  lawyer  was  com- 
pletely dumbfounded.  The  monster  of  the  deep  had  a  body  made  of  wle- 
leather !  —  his  tail  was  the  only  thing  that  was  Simon  pure  about  his 
whaleship.  The  manager  and  his  assistants  carried  their  wardrobe, 
trunks,  etc.,  in  the  whale's  belly  —  (probably  taking  the  idea  from  old 
Jonah)  !  The  head  of  the  whale  was  portable,  or  comeoffahlc.  Suffice 
it  to  say,  as  soon  as  the  trick  was  discovered,  the  mob  harpooned  the  en- 
tire show.  This  was  sometime  previous  to  Barnum's  day,  and  the  art  of 
humbugging  had  not  arrived  at  such  a  pitch  of  perfection. 

But  I  am  wandering  too  far  from  Albany  —  so  I  will  resume  the  remi- 
niscences of  old  Gotham.  Charley  Parsons  played  at  the  South  Pearl 
Street  Theatre,  after  Borroughs's  time.  Burroughs,  a  splendid  melo- 
dramatic performer,  managed  for  Sandford.  Mrs.  Hamblin,  wife  of  Tom 
Hamblin,  of  the  old  Bowery,  was  the  leading  woman  in  this  company. 
Parsons  was  an  inferior  actor,  especially  in  tragedy  —  he  was  of  Her- 
culean frame,  round  shouldered,  and  had  a  voice  like  artificial  stage 
thunder !  He  was  a  great  favorite,  however,  in  the  southwest.  He 
played  Roaring  Ralph  Stackpole  to  perfection.  Had  Dr.  Bird  seen 
Ralph  and  Parsons  he  would  have  been  puzzled  to  distinguish  one  from 
the  other.  It  was  actually  worth  the  price  of  admission  to  see  Parsons 
as  Ralph,  without  his  uttering  a  word.  Parsons  being  a  speculative 
genius,  he  left  the  stage  and  went  to  preaching  in  the  Methodist  church 
at  Louisville,  but  he  soon  slid  backwards,  and  finally  slid  on  the  stage  again 
—  but  the  spec  wouldn't  pay;  he  made  a  failure,  and  so  Roaring  Ralph 
abandoned  the  devil's  frying  pan  (the  stage),  and  was  once  more  received 
to  the  arms  of  his  deserted  flock.     I  heard  him  preach  the  next  Sunday 

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58  Tlieatriccd  Reminiscences. 

after  he  left  the  stage,  but  it  was  Roaring  Ralph  all  through  the   sermon, 
the  prayer,  the  benediction. 

A'liong  the  celebrities  that  appeared  about  this  time  at  the  bouth  1  earl 
Street  Theatre,  was  (]lara  Fisher,  who  was  the  prodigy  of  her  time.  She 
was  the  youngest  sister  of  Mrs.  Yernon.  A'ernon  had  the  management  ot 
the  theatre  for  some  tijie,  till  he  lost  his  voice,  and  retired  to  a  farm, 
where  he  died.  He  was  the  architect  of  the  first  St.  Paul's  Church,  in 
Ftrry  street.  The  sonss  that  came  upon  the  st:i  :e  at  this  time  were  the 
Hunters  of  Kenfuck///WhaUbe  King  but  CJiarki/,  The  Dashing  White 
Senjeant,  sung  by  Miss  Twibill ;  Coming  thro'  the  Rye,  sung  by  Mrs. 
Forbes.  Sloman  introduced  Kitty  Clover,  and  other  popular  comicalities. 
Miss  Fisher  sang  with  much  effect  Fall  not  in  Love,  dear  Girls  heioare. 
The  songs  soon  wore  out,  and  those  who  sung  them  had  as  brief  a  career. 
The  fate^f  Duffy,  one  of  the  last  managers  of  this  theatre,  is  not  forgotten. 
He  was  a  native  of  Albany,  eminent  in  his  profession,  but  died  by  the 
hands  of  an  assassin  at  the  early  age  of  34. 

Miss  Twibill,  a  beautiful  girl,  who  played  at  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre, 
was  the  daughter  of  Twibill^  an  actor  and  vocalist,  who  was  unequaled  in 
nautical  songs,  such  as  the  i>\/^  o/i?isc«y,  The   Waterman,  Harry  Bluff, 
&c.     It  was  said  that  Twibill  treated  his  daughter  very  cruelly   at  times. 
During  one  ofTwibill's  fits  of  anger,  the  gallant  Tom  Flynn,  comedian,  in- 
terfere'd  with  her  heart,  hand  and  fortune,  and  one  day   made  the  pretty 
and  fascinating  Miss  Twibill  Mrs.  Flynn.     Flynn  was  a  genius  in  his  way. 
He  was  engaged  to  play  at  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  and  was  to  open  as 
Young  Rapid,  in  Cure  for  the  Heart  Ache.     Night  approached,  the   boat 
from  New  York  was  detained  on  the  bar.     A^ernon,  I  think,  was   substi- 
tuted for  Flvnn,  but  at  the  end  of  the  first  act  Flynn  arrived  and  finished 
the  play.     Old  Jack  Barnes  and  his  wife  were  playing  here  at   the  time. 
Old  Jack  made  an  apology  to  the  audience  for  Flynn,  in   his  own  peculiar 
style,  which  was  as  good  as  a  first  class  farce,  and  the   performance  went 
ott'  with   immense  eclat.      Roberts,   an  excellent  comedian,  played    that 
night.     His  rendition  of  Bailey  Nichol  Jarvie,  in  Roh  Roy,  was  probably 
never  equaled  in   either  hemisphere.      His   French,   Scotch,  Irish  and 
Cockney  dialect  was  smooth,  natural  and  perfect.     He  was  in  every  sense 
of  the  word  a  gentleman  and  a  scholar,  amiable,  and  beloved  by  the  pro- 
fession, as  well  as  by  all  who  were  fortunate  enough  to  become  acquainted 
with  him.    Roberts  succeeded  Gates  at  the  Bowery.    He  died  in  Charles- 
ton.    Roberts  was  a  printer,  and  an  excellent  one,  too. 

Speaking  of  Tom  Flynn  reminds  me  of  an  incident  of  some  import- 
ance. Tom  broke  the  nose  of  the  celebrated  tragedian  Lucius  Junius 
Booth,  with  a  fire  poker  or  tongs,  at  a  hotel,  I  think,  in  Charleston,  S. 
C.,  which  was  the  cause  of  that  very  marked  nasal  sound  in  Booth's  ut- 
terance. Previous  to  this  unfortunate  mishap  Booth's  face  was  very 
handsome  —  a  perfect  model  —  his  nose  was  prominent,  but  not  too  much 
so,  and  a  little  inclined  to  acquiline.  His  face,  as  all  who  ever  saw  it 
well  remember,  was  strangely  beautiful,  and  remarkably  expressive.  His 
eyes  were  of  a  dark  blue,  full,  rolling,  and  as  bright  and  piercing  as  the 
eagle's.  Booth  had  one  great  failing,  that  of  indulging  too  freely  in  the 
bowl  —  that  is,  at  times  —  he  would  abstain  from  it  for  weeks,  even 
months.  Liquor  would  frequently  produce  upon  him  a  state  of  frenzy 
that  was  sometimes  terrible,  and   when  these  fits  were  on,  he  would  as 


A.  J.  ALLEN, 


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Tlieatrical  Reminiscences.  59 

soon  attack  friend  as  foe.  Even  when  Booth  was  himself  in  his  palmiest 
days,  so  deeply  would  he  be  engrossed  in  the  character  he  represented, 
and  be  so  completely  carried  away  with  it,  that  his  brother  actors  were 
rather  shy  of  him,  being  well  on  their  guard,  lest  he  should  play  real 
tragedy  with  them.  While  Booth  was  playing  Kichard  at  the  old  Park 
Theatre,  he  chased,  with  sword  in  hand,  an  actor,  who  played  Richmond, 
out  of  the  back  door  of  the  theatre,  into  the  park.  Richmond,  however, 
being  the  swiftest  on  foot,  eluded  him.  Booth  came  very  near  killing 
Miss  Johnson  (afterwards  Mrs.  Hilson),  at  the  Park  Theatre.  He  was 
playing  Othello,  she  Desdeniona.  In  the  scene  where  Othello  is  sup- 
posed to  smother  Desdemona,  by  placing  a  pillow  over  her  face,  while  she 
is  in  bed.  Booth  bore  down  the  pillow  with  such  force  as  nearly  to  suffo- 
cate her.  The  actors  behind  the  scenes,  however,  fearing  he  was  carrying 
the  joke  too  far,  or  acting  a  little  too  natural,  rushed  to  the  bed  and  ex- 
tricated the  fair  Desdemona  from  her  perilous  situation 

But  to  return  to  the  breaking  of  Booth's  nose.  Booth  and  Flynn,  it 
appears,  roomed  together.  In  the  course  of  the  night,  when  in  one  of 
his  fits,  Booth  attacked  Flynn,  having  just  returned  from  the  theatre  with 
the  dress  of  lago  on,  exclaiming,  as  he  approached  him,  in  the  language 
of  lago : 

"  Nothing  can  or  shall  content  my  soul 
'Till  I  am  even  with  him,  wife  for  wife; 
Or  failing  so,  yet  that  I  have  put  the  Moor 
At  least  into  a  jealousy  so  strong, 
That  judgment  cannot  cure." 

Flynn,  in  self-defence,  grabbed  the  fire  poker  or  tongs  and  struck  Booth 
over  the  nose,  breaking  it !  Flynn  ever  regretted  the  act,  and  would 
actually  shed  tears  whenever  allusion  was  made  to  the  affair,  as  he  abso- 
lutely idolized  Booth. 

Andrew  Jackson  Allen  was  Avell  known  to  the  citizens  of  Albany,  from 
the  days  of  the  old  Green  Street  Theatre  until  his  final  exit  from  life's 
bu.sy  stage.  He  was  born  in  the  city  of  New  York,  A.  D.  1788.  Al- 
len's deafness  was  occasioned  by  a  severe  cold  at  sea.  Dummy,  as  he  was 
familiarly  called,  was  a  costumer,  but  occasionally  acted.  His  taste  and 
experience  as  costumer  rendered  him  au  fait  in  getting  up  stage  cos- 
tumes. /Vllen  accompanied  Forrest  (Jhe  Boy,  as  he  called  him),  to  Eu- 
rope, as  costumer  to  the  great  tragedian. 

Many  anecdotes  are  told  of  Allen.  He  was  (in  theatrical  parlance) 
an  inveterate  gag.  He  would  manage  to  draw  a  house  for  his  benefit, 
when  everybody  else  would  ftxil.  Many  years  ago  he  advertised  a  grand 
balloon  ascension  from  a  stable  on  the  hill,  somewhere  in  Washington 
street.  Two  distinguished  personages  were  to  be  the  asronauts,  viz  : 
Mons.  Gageremo  and  Madamoiselle  Pmsiremo ;  this  announcement  of 
course  drew  a  crowd.  The  balloonists  were  two  torn  cats,  dressed  in  the 
height  of  fashion,  strapped  tight  under  the  balloon.  On  all  such  occa- 
sions Dummy  got  the  proceeds  of  the  exhibition  first  safe  in  his  breeches 
pocket  !  The  aeronauts  ascended  a  short  distance,  and  then  came  down 
to  mother  earth,  landing  somewhere  in  Foxes  creek,  minus  of  life  !  His 
benefit  took  place  at  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  during  Vernon's  manage- 
ment. Dummy  produced  a  grand  Harlequin  pantomime,  he  acting  clown, 
for  this  night  only,  at  the  request  of  the  F.   F.  A.'s  (first  families  of  Al- 


60  Tlieatrical  Reminiscences. 

bany).  At  the  conclusion  of  the  grand  pantomime  a  balloon  was  to 
jiscend  from  the  back  of  the  stage  to  the  dome  of  the  theatre,  and  then  it 
was  to  mske  a  "  brilliant  burst."  The  balloon  was  filled  with  lottery 
tickets,  and  the  audience  were  to  draw  "several  valuable  prizes,"  made  of 
silver  leather  —  (Dummy  being  great  on   the  manufacture  of  this  article) 

—  invented  by  the  beneficiare,  Andrew  Jackson  Allen.  A  miniature 
balloon  was  hauled  up  with  a  string  after  the  alnresaid  excruciating  pan- 
tomime was  concluded.  Some  person  stationed  above,  at  a  given  cue, 
emptied  a  bag  of  folded  bits  of  paper  upon  the  heads  of  the   audience 

—  all  hlanks!  Dummy,  at  this  time,  was  at  home,  snugly  in  the  arms  of 
Morpheus,    enjoying  goliJen  dreams. 

Sol.  Smith,  in  his  reminiscences,  relates  many  anecdotes  of  Allen. 
Dummy  was  hard  up,  funds  were  low,  at  a  small  town  in  the  valley  of 
Virginia.  His  silver  leather  had  become  exhausted,  and  so  he  deter- 
mined to  give  the  Virginians  an  invaluable  treat,  viz  :  a  grand  balloon 
ascension,  assisted  by  Gageremo^  &c.  A  great  rush  of  people  from  the 
surrounding   mountains  was   the  result.     Such   an  exhibition  had  never 

been  seen  in  those  parts  before,  or since  !     The  balloon  was  about  to 

be  inflated,  when  Dummy,  to  his  horror,  discovered  several  rents  in  the 
paper!  Presence  of  mind,  and  a  tight  grip  upon  the  proceeds  never  for- 
sook the  inventor  of  silver  leather.  Mumoiy  mounted  a  cider  barrel,  and 
informed  the  multitude  that  certain  chemicals  had  become  exhausted,  and 
that  it  was  necessary  for  him  to  post  off  to  the  next  village  to  procure 
some  of  those  important  ingredients  that  his  gas  required  for  the  success 
of  the  balloon  and  the  daring  navigators.  He  appealed  to  them  as  "  Vir- 
ginians, the  noble  descendants  of  Pocahontas,  to  wait  one  hour  for  his 
return.  He  should  ever  feel  proud,  as  the  fether  of  the  American  stage, 
for  the  kindness  he  had  received  from  the  most  noble  race  America  had 
ever  produced,"  i.  e.,  Virginians.  Dummy  started  for  the  chemicals,  on 
horse  back,  exclaiming,  as  he  waved  his  hand,  ''  Dam  Vivimus  Duinnie- 
romo  !"  It  is  needless  to  say  the  father  of  the  American  stage  outstrip- 
ped the  far-famed  Johnny  Gilpin.  After  riding  many  miles  he  made  a 
halt,  and  from  a  high  mountain  he  had  a  fine  view  of  the  village  he  had 
recently  departed  from.  Dummy  had  an  impediment  in  his  speech,  and 
spoke  like  a  person  having  a  severe  attack  of  influenza.  In  relating  this 
incident,  he  said  "  It  loas  the  dahdest  fide  sight  he  ever  seed.  The  huhbug'd 
ad  disappoidted  fellows  hurdt  the  host  hagdificedt  hallood  ever  codstructed. 
The  fire  shootig  ?f/>  to  the  horizod  was  sublibe."  The  father  of  the  Ame- 
rican stage,  suffice  it  to  say,  never  again  visited  the  descendants  of  Poca- 
hontas in  that  section  of  Virginia. 

Allen  was  a  great  admirer  of  General  Jackson.  He  declared  that  it 
was  through  his  (Allen's)  influence  that  the  people  of  the  United  States 
made  the  general  president.  Dummy  was  a  great  epicure.  He  kept 
bachelor  hall,  and  took  the  world  easy.  He  invented  many  fancy  dishes, 
one  in  particular,  which  he  called  calapash,  another  calapee.  This  he 
served  to  his  customers,  at  his  eating  house  he  called  the  Divan.,  in  Dean 
street.  The  calapash  was  made  of  ancient  cheese,  codfish,  onions,  mus- 
tard, rum  and  wine.  The  calapee  was  the  same,  with  the  addition  of 
cahhagr.  Behind  the  bar  was  to  be  seen  hanging  to  the  wall  the  "  iden- 
tical Ilichard's  dress  worn  by  George  Frederick  Cooke,  the  great  trage- 
dian ;"  but  this,  however,  it  was  strongly  suspected,  was  one  of  Dummy's 


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innumerable  gags^  as  some  of  his  silver  leather  was  plain  to  be  seen  sewed 
to  the  dress  !  Mr.  Durang  tells  numerous  anecdotes  of  Allen  iu  his  ad- 
mirable History  of  the  American  Stage.  A  characteristic  anecdote  of 
him,  showing  how  he  served  up  turtle  soup  for  the  epicures  of  Albany, 
may  be  found  in  the  Annals  of  Albani/^  vol.  v,  p.  276. 

Dummy  had  a  wonderful  penchant  for  "  running  up  a  score  "  among 
his  acquaintances.  He  had  borrowed  a  sum  of  money  from  an  old  friend' 
in  Green  street,  who  dunned  Dummy  for  it  whenever  he  met  him,  but 
was  always  put  off  with  some  plausible  excuse  —  he  must  "  wait  for  his 
benefit,"  or  for  something  else  to  "  turn  up,"  when  he  would  certainly 
pay  it.  They  were  passing  in  Green  street,  one  morning,  Dummy  on  one 
side  and  his  creditor  on  the  other  side;  when  opposite  Beraent's  Recess 
the  creditor  hailed,  and  beckoned  Dummy  to  come  over  the  street.  It  was 
a  peculiar  trait  with  Dummy,  when  dunned,  io  feign  more  than  his  usual 
deafness.  "I  say,"  said  creditor,  "  Mr.  Allen,  can't  you  pay  that  little 
score  now  ?"  Dummy,  in  the  coolest  and  politest  manner  possible,  re- 
plied, "  Tank  you,  tank  you,  I  nebber  takes  any  ding  (thing)  pefore 
preakfast  !"  and  marched  on. 

Capt.  Page  opened  a  circus  in  Beaver  street,  between  Green  and  South 
market  streets,  in  1829-30.  John  Simpson  kept  a  billiard  saloon  in  the 
rear  of  the  circus.  At  the  house  of  Simpson  many  a  sparring  exhibition 
took  place.  Jim  Sandford  and  Bill  Delong  taught  the  manlij  art  at 
Simpson's.  Delong  is  still  living;  he  has  been  an  officer  in  the  fifth  ward, 
Philadelphia,  for  niany  years,  and  is  much  respected  as  a  worthy,  up- 
right man  by  all  political  parties.  Delong  was  an  excellent  boxer  and  a 
splendidly  formed  man.  Sandford  was  a  small  man,  but  as  tough  as  Say- 
ers.  Among  the  fancy  at  Simpson's  was  Harry  Webb,  a  Herculean  figure, 
and  as  finely  put  together  as  a  marble  statue,  and  heaven  protect  him 
that  received  a  feir  dose  of  Harry's  bunch  of  fives.  Then  there  was  Harry 
Jewell,  cousin  of  Joe,  now  the  superintendent  of  the  Point  Breeze  Course, 
Philadelphia.  Uncle  Joe  has  fallen  off  some  in  weight  —  from  275  pounds 
to  390  in  his  dancing  pumps!  Charley  Low  and  Jewell  set  to  at  Samp- 
son's one  night.  Charley  received  a  tremendous  teller  from  Jewell  over 
the  conck.  Camphor  and  brandy  were  in  active  demand  for  some  minutes 
after  that. 

Capt.  Page's  company  went  on  a  tour  to  Lower  Canada.  Here  a  mob 
tore  his  circus  down,  or  nearly  so.  It  was  a  wooden  building,  situated  on 
McGill  street,  Montreal.  The  time  worn  circus  play  oi  Billy  Button^  the 
Unfortunate  Tailor,  was  the  sole  cause  of  the  riot.  At  this  time  there 
were  hundreds  of  Irish  tailors  in  Montreal,  who  imagined  the  production 
of  Billy  Button  was  an  insult  to  their  trade  and  all  connected  with  it. 
The  enraged  tailors  gave  the  fearful  war  cry,  led  on  by  Captain  DeGrady. 
Old  West  had  just  entered  the  ring  in  the  character  of  Billy  Button,  when 
showers  of  brickbats  greeted  him  from  all  directions.  The  war  then  be- 
gan in  good  earnest,  and  was  kept  up  for  days  and  nights.  The  contend- 
ing parties,  the  tailors  and  the  Billy  Buttonites,  contested  every  inch  of 
ground.  Button  met  the  foe,  and  they  were  his.  The  tailors  got  awfully 
hasted  by  the  Cannucks,  who  were  furnished  by  the  citizens  with  ammu- 
nition. Barrels  of  rum,  with  their  heads  knocked  in,  were  swallowed  in 
less  than  no  time.     ]jy  the  friends  of  Button  these  barrels  were  placed  in 


62  Theatrical  Reiimiisceiices. 

the  centre  of  McGill  street.  Several  persons  were  killed,  amono;  the 
number  a  Mr.  Lyaiau,  a  very  estimable  citizen.  The  military  were  finally 
called  out,  and  peace  and  quiet  once  more  restored.  Tlie  circus  then  em- 
barked for  Quebec  —  here  the  riot  was  renewed  with  redoubled  fury  ;  but 
the  military  being  on  the  alert,  it  was  promptly  put  down.  A  number  of  the 
rioters  were  transported,  and  so  was  Billy   Button   transported ^  but  with 

Page  had  a  fair  theatrical  company  with  his  circus.  It  consisted  of 
Harry  Knight,  Wells  and  sister  (afterwards  John  Sefton's  wife),  and 
after  that  Mrs.  Russell,  of  the  Arch  Street  Theatre,  Philadelphia,  the  great 
tragic  actress.  Miss  Emery,  George  Glale  (Mazeppa),  Tom  Grierson,  Shin- 
notti,  Barney  Burns,  Leslie,  Shadgut  (what  a  name  !),  John  Kent  and  his 
sisters,  Helen  and  Eliza,  and  many  others.  Page  then  opened  the  Thea- 
tre Pvoyal,  Montreal,  and  went  by  the  board.  I  believe  this  company  are 
all  dead,  with  the  exception  of  the  humble  clironicler  of  these  brief  lines,  i 
Page  knew  no  such  word  as  fail.  He  visited  every  part  of  the  globe  that 
white  men  have  seen.  He  searched  the  jungles  of  the  East  Indies  for 
show  stock.  He  penetrated  the  regions  of  scorching  Africa,  searched  all 
the  fairs  of  Europe,  and  furnished  more  ivhat  is  it?  for  the  American 
market  in  the  shape  of  giants,  red  eyed  negroe^;,  glass  spinners,  and  other 
sights  too  numerous  to  speak  of,  than  any  other  showman.  The  last  I  saw 
of  the  captain  was  in  Philadelphia,  and  he  was  far  advanced  in  the  sere 
and  yellow  leaf.  He  had  just  returned  from  South  America  with  Aztec 
children,  and  was  on  his  way  to  Europe.  The  captain  was  a  Yankee, 
could  speak  several  languages,  was  full  of  enterprise,  had  great  knowledge 
of  the  world,  but  dame  fortune  smiled  but  seldom  on  the  captain. 

1  The  following  appeared  in  one  of  the  Albany  papers  in  1857:  ".J.  W. 
Bancker,  formerly  Master  Bancker,  of  the  North  Pearl  Street  Circus,  called  on  ua 
yesterday  and  posted  us  up  in  a  few  reminiscences.  Bancker  first  rode  in  this 
city  in  1823,  at  a  circus  located  on  the  corner  of  Eagle  and  State  streets.  The 
North  Pearl  Street  Circus  opened  in  182(3.  Bancker  belonged  to  the  first  com- 
pany, and  rode  the  first  horse  and  threw  the  first  somerset  in  the  house.  The 
company  consisted  of  the  following  persons  :  Mannger,  Sam.  Parsons  ;  Trea- 
surer, Edward  Tucker  ;  Assistant  Manager,  Sam.  McCracken  ;  Clown,  William 
Gates;  Fading  Master,  J.  W.  Bancker;  Riders,  Dan.  Champlin,  Jacob  Burton, 
Edward  Carter,  Alexander  Downie  and  John  Shay.  Miss  Mary  Piobinson  was 
the  leading  melo-dramatic  actress.  Miss  K.  was  a  very  talented  woman,  and 
played  her  parts  with  great  power.  After  leaving  Albany  she  went  to  England 
with  Burroughs,  the  actor.  Thi.s  was  in  1828.  In  1830  she  left  Burroughs  and 
London,  and  went  to  New  South  Wales,  where,  we  believe,  she  died.  Downie 
died  in  the  West  Indies.  Gates  attached  himself  to  the  Bowery  Theatre,  and 
died  in  New  York  in  1843.  Champlin  died  in  Mobile.  Burton  joined  the  army 
and  died  in  Florida.  Carter  is  also  dead.  McCracken  died  in  Springfield,  Ohio; 
he  married  a  Miss  Brown,  who  lived  opposite  the  circus,  in  North  Pearl  street. 
Of  the  company  existing  in  1820  Bancker  is  the  only  one  living.  The  North  Pearl 
Street  Circus  was  built  by  Sam.  Parsons,  and  cost  $22,000,  horses  included.  It 
failed  to  pay  in  1820,  and  then  passed  into  the  hands  of  S.  J.  Penniman.  Mr. 
Penniman  sold  it  to  the  Methodists,  who  have  sinceusedit  as  a  church.  In  1827 
Bancker  took  a  benefit,  on  which  occasion  E.  Forrest  made  a  bet  with  Freden- 
ricli,  the  butcher,  that  he  would  enter  the  ring  and  perform  with  the  acrobats. 
He  did  so,  but  got  awfully  hissed.  lie  won  his  bet,  but  lost  his  temper  for  the 
next  two  days.  Bancker  liad  three  apprentices  while  in  this  city —  Harry  Madi- 
gan  and  George  and  Wni.  Stone.  He  is  at  the  present  time  agent  for  Sloat  & 
Shephard's  circus. 


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Jim  Bancker^  opened  a  circus  on  the  same  spot  in  Beaver  street  that 
Page  liad  occupied  in  1831.  This  was  a  very  guod  company.  Among 
the  performers  was  a  young  man  by  the  name  ot"  John  Weaver.  He  was 
Herculean  in  appearance  — he  was  beautifully  formed,  and  was  called  the 
American  Sampson.  He  performed  some  astonishing  feats  of  strength. 
He  was  a  native  of  Philadelphia,  and  was  much  respected  for  his  amiable 
disposition  and  goodness  of  heart.  He  had  formed  an  attachment  for  a 
young  lady  of  Philadelphia,  a  marriage  vow  being  the  result  between  the 
lovers.  Weaver  was  to  abandon  the  profession  forever,  the  next  fall,  and 
retire  with  his  young  and  beautiful  wife.  The  company  started  on  its 
tour.  At  t!:at  day,  in  some  of  the  western  towns,  there  was  great  diffi- 
culty at  times  to  procure  a  license.  There  appeared  to  be  a  very  bitter 
antipathy  by  the  religious  community,  that  such  innocent  amusements 
should  take  place  in  our  free  count ry  ! — the  exercise  of  horsemanship 
being  considered  demoralizing  and  a  sin  !  This  was  the  opinion  of  this 
class  of  citizens.  Many  law  suits  were  the  result,  but  the  circus  non- 
suited the  jNIawworms.  In  some  instances  the  commonwealth  contrived 
to  convince  the  jury  that  these  wicked  shows  were  prompted  by  the  devil, 
and  a  mist  was  cast  before  the  eyes  of  the  audience  by  the  incantations 
of  the  showman.  The  standing  on  a  horse,  when  at  full  speed,  was 
deemed  by  them  a  base  deception  —  and  a  load-intone  was  used  to  make 
the  man  stick  to  the  said  horse's  back  !  The  clown  was  one  of  the  devil's 
imps,  etcetera;  but  the  disciples  of  blue  laws  failed  to  convince  the  jury. 
Theatricals  fared  no  better  in  some  of  these  benighted  regions.  The 
company  made  a  halt  at  a  small  village  for  two  days.  Whitchcraft  and 
law  breaking  were  charged  against  the  unfortunate  performers.  Weaver 
was  about  to  be  arrested,  and  not  wisliing  to  be  detained;  as  he  was  on  the 
eve  of  embarking  homewards  to  Philadelphia,  he  made  his  escape,  with 
Ihe  intention  of  proceeding  to  the  next  county,  where  he  could  be  safe, 
but  the  night  being  dark  and  rainy,  he  lost  his  way  in  the  woods  —  be- 
coming bewildered,  he  was  not  found  for  two  days.  The  weather  bein"- 
cold,  and  Weaver  thinly  clad,  he  took  a  violent  cold,  which  terminated  in 
billious  fever,  and  in  a  few  days  after  he  died,  at  Fort  Niagara,  and  was 
buried  in  an  old  church  yard,  on  the  banks  of  Lake  Ontario. 

John  Gossin,  about  this  time,  joined  Bancker's  troupe,  in  Little  York, 
Upper  (Canada.  John  was  a  native  of  Pittsburgh,  Pa.  He  was  with 
Sam.  Nichols's  company,  that  performed  in  the  amphitheatre  in  Dallius 
street,  Albany.  Gossin  and  Jack  May  both  performed  in  this  company, 
and  were  a  whole  team,  as  clowns.  Nichols  had  a  superb  equestrian  and 
theatrical  company,  and  for  two  seasons  in  succession  did  an  immense  bu- 
siness, the  establishment  being  patronized  by  first  class  people.  The  last 
time  Forrest  appeared  in  Albany,'^  was  at  the  Nichols's  amphitheatre, 
then  under  the  management,  I  think,  of  Jackson  —  familiarly  known  as 
Black  Jack.  Josephine  Clifton,  the  majestic  Josephine,  as  she  was  called, 
played  an  engagement  with  Forrest  at  the  same  time.  Scandal  was  busy 
with  this  association.  In  this  company  was  also  a  person  by  the  name  of 
Vail.     He  was  the  successor  of  Weaver  in  feats  of  strength.     He  was  a 

lAs  before  stated,  the  author  himself  died  soon  after  this  was  written. 

2  Since  the  above  was  written  Forrest  ajipeared  at  the  Academy  of  Music,  Oct. 
31,  1864 


64  Theatrical  Eeminiscefices. 

powerful  man,  and  a  native  of  Mansfield,  Ohio.  His  early  days  were  oc- 
cupied as  a  boatman  on  the  western  rivers.  Vail  had  many  hair-breadth 
escapes  from  death.  He  performed  his  feats  of  strength  on  a  pole  that 
supported  the  large  pavilion.  It  was  crowded  one  night  in  a  town  in  In- 
diana. Vail  was  suspended  by  his  knees  to  the  pole,  which  was  some  ten 
feet  from  the  ground  —  in  his  hands  he  held  two  anvils,  and  by  his  teeth 
he  held  several  fifty-six  pound  weights.  At  this  moment  one  of  those  feai^ful 
tornadoes  that  we  so  often  hear  of  in  the  west,  suddenly  came  up,  the  pa- 
vilion was  blown  to  atoms,  the  seats  fell  with  a  fearful  crash  —  the  howl- 
ing of  the  wind  and  the  screams  of  women  and  children  were  terrible  — 
the  pole  on  which  Vail  was  suspended  was  broken,  and  he  fell,  with  the 
great  weights  of  iron  he  was  grasping,  head  foremost  to  the  ground.  A 
number  of  persons  were  killed.  Vail  was  picked  up  for  dead  among  the 
mass  of  weights.  He  was  badly  injured,  but  survived  his  fearful  fall. 
Vail  had  a  fortunate  escape  from  death  during  an  earthquake  at  Mar- 
tinique, in  the  West  Indies.  The  sides  of  the  house  that  he  occupied  fell 
outwards.  Vail  was  just  in  the  act  of  leaping  from  one  of  the  windows. 
He  fell  safely  in  the  street,  the  window  frame  passhu]  over  his  head  avd 
shoulders!  So  close  was  he  to  the  falling  beams  that  his  foot  became 
entangled  in  the  fldling  mass,  and  drew  his  leg  from  the  boot,  as  he  said, 
with  a  patent  bootjack!  After  this  occurrence  he  was  shipwreckeil. 
He  abandoned  the  profession,  and  became  very  wealthy  at  one  of  the 
West  India  islands.  Port  Royal.  He  married  a  quadroon,  as  rich  as 
Croesus,  and  as  lovely  as  a  sunflower.  He  is  now  located  at  Yankee  Sta- 
tion, California,  and  is  k-nown  as  Squire  Vail,  Justice  of  the  Peace,  &e. 

Young  Calahan  also  amused  the  Albanians  with  his  elegant  and  superb 
horsemanship.  He  was  a  native  of  the  city  of  New  York.  Most  of  his 
days  were  passed  in  Mexico  and  South  America.  Calahan  died  in  his 
native  city  —  New  York. 

Joe  Blackburn  also  performed  on  the  Beaver  street  lot.  Blackburn 
was  the  clown  of  the  American  arena.  He  was  a  man  of  extraordinary 
ability.  He  possessed  a  good  education,  and  figured  as  a  poet  of  no  ordi- 
nary pretensions.  His  letters  from  Europe  were  perused  with  much  in- 
terest, and  were  published  in  the  New  York  Spirit  of  the  Times,  and  other 
popular  journals  of  the  day.  Blackburn  was  a  Baltimorean.  His  uncle 
left  him  his  entire  fortune;  but,  poor  fellow,  while  on  his  way  from 
New  Orleans  to  Baltimore  to  inherit  his  wealth,  he  sickened  and  died  on 
board  the  steamer  Express  Mail,  near  Horse  Shoe  Bend,  and  was  buried 
at  Memphis,  Tenn.,  in   1841. 

The  old  North  Pearl  Street  Amphitheatre  began  to  give  up  the  ghost  about 
the  year  1828.  Nosey  Phillips  tried  his  hand  in  this  place  as  well  as  at 
the  South  Pearl  Street  Theatre.  Like  all  other  projects  that  Nosey  un- 
dertook, somebody  Avas  the  suff"erer.  Nosey  was  as  mad  a  wag  as  we  shall 
never  look  upon  his  like  again.  His  style  of  financiering  were  plans 
only  peculiar  to  himself.  He  was  the  sole  author  and  inventor  of  many 
shrewd  and  curious  dodges.  Moses'  — that  was  his  Christian  name  — 
opened  a  theatre  in  Providence,  K.  I.  —  he  procured  an  excellent  com- 
pany from  New  York,  and  with  the  aid  of  Providence  he  pocketed  quite 

iHis  name  stands  in  Scott's  Albany  Directory,  of  1828,  Kosnj.  He  was  one  of 
the  children  of  Israel.  Phillips  and  Barnes  used  to  play  the  two  dromios,  and  un- 
der the  pencil,  resembled  each  other  exactly  in  features,  figure,  and  voice. 


Theatrical  Reminiscences.  65 

a  sum.  He  owed  several  small  scores  to  the  inhabitants,  as  well  as  the 
actors.  Nosey  promised  that  all  bills  against  him  should  be  liquidated 
on  Monday^  without  fail.  The  bills  of  the  day  were  issued,  and  the  lamps 
all  trimmed,  and  actors  "  all  up  in  their  parts,"  and  sundry  creditors 
awaited  the  important  moment;  but  the  eagle-eyed,  as  well  as  eagle-?<ose(i 
Nosey,  had  fled  to  New  York  with  all  the  vochs  in  his  fob  !  Arriving  in 
that  city,  he  had  no  difficulty  in  finding  an  old  sufferer  that  he  owed  a 
long  standing  bill.  Nosey  brought  his  wits  to  working  order,  knowing 
that  in  a  few  hours  he  would  be  seized  for  debt,  and  be  placed  in  du- 
rance vile.  (There  was  a  law  for  imprisonment  for  debt  in  those  days). 
He  induced  said  old  sufferer  to  sue  him,  which  he  did.  Nosey  ac- 
knowledged the  debt,  and  was  committed  to  jail.  The  enraged  creditors 
from  Rhode  Island  arrived  only  to  be  disappointed.  Nosey  was  already 
caged  for  debt,  and  in  a  few  days  all  excitement  had  subsided.  Nosey 
settled  the  score  with  his  lucky  friend,  and  once  more  he  buckled  on 
his  armor  for  fresh  adventures.  Cincinnati  was  the  scene  of  many  of 
Nosey's  jokes.  Here  he  enlivened  the  audience  of  Fog  &  Stickney's 
Circus  by  enacting  the  clown  in  a  time  worn  scene  called  the  Peasant's 
Frolic.  Nosey  was  astride  a  beautiful  black  horse,  telling  some  ste- 
reotyped Joe  Millers,  when  all  of  a  sudden  the  horse  flew  around  the 
ring  as  if  a  sky-rocket  was  fast  to  his  tail.  The  ring  master  could  not 
stop  him.  Nosey's  lungs  were  brought  into  requisition  —  he  appealed  to 
the  man  with  the  whip,  at  the  top  of  his  voice,  "  Stop  him,  for  God's 
sake  !"  "  A  good  joke,"  says  the  ring  master.  "  Go  it,  Nosey."  yelled 
the  boys.  Nosey  went  it  loose,  heels  over  head  into  the  pit,  striking  an 
honest  Jack  tar  in  the  eye  with  his  hand.  Nosey's  skull  cap  and  a  small 
portion  of  his  scalp  were  missing.  The  sailor  was  enraged  to  find  his  eye 
blackened.  "  Well,"  says  Jack,  "  that  fellow  with  a  big  handle  on  his 
mug  is  the  damdest  wust  clown  I  ever  did  see."  Nosey  left  the  ring  as 
soon  as  possible,  as  his  tights  had  come  down.  A  law  suit  was  the  result ; 
but  the  ring  master  declared  it  was  a  joke,  and,  besides  that,  he  could  not 
stop  the  horse.     Nosey  was  accordingly  non-suited. 

His  grand  wind-up,  however,  took  place  in  New  Orleans,  in  1842. 
Caldwell,  manager  of  the  St.  Charles  Theatre,  despatched  an  agent  to  New 
York  with  full  power  to  engage  the  best  talent  to  be  found,  and  in  par- 
ticular to  engage  Aaron  Phillips  —  who  was  a  good  actor  and  a  worthy 
man  —  for  his  prompter.  Caldwell's  agent  being  a  stranger  in  the 
capacity  of  theatrical  negotiator,  committed  a  sad  mistake.  He  wrote 
a  note,  directing  the  same  to  3Ir.  Fhillips,  comedian.  Nosey's  hawk-eye 
discovered  the  letter,  and  received  the  contents  with  unspeakable  joy,  but 
mum  was  the  word.  He  certainly  ivas  Mr.  Phillips,  comedian,  and  was  a 
prompter.  The  agent  never  was  instructed  to  engage  any  other  person 
for  prompter  but  Mr.  Phillips,  hence  the  mistake.  Nosey  was  placed  un- 
der binding  articles  of  agreement,  ivhich  he  signed.  The  other  party 
agreed  to  give  said  Phillips  the  sum  of  $30  per  week,  and  a  benefit  at  the 
expiration  of  six  months.  What  was  the  surprise  of  Caldwell,  the  actors, 
and  everybody,  when  the  immortal  Nosey  arrived  in  New  Orleans !  Cald- 
well was  in  for  it.  Nosey  was  sent  to  Mobile,  but  he  got  all  the  agree- 
ment called  for. 

The  last  days  of  the  North  Pearl  Street  Amphitheatre  was  rather  an 
up  hill  business.     Isaac  0.  Davis  was  manager,  I  believe.     At  the  grand 

Hist  Coll.  a.  9 


66  TJwatrical  Reminiscences. 

finale,  old  Turnbull,  father  of  Julia,  the  danseuse,  produced  an  abolition 
drama,  full  of  woolly-headism.  I  have  forgotten  the  name  of  the  piece. 
It  was  quite  affecting,  however ;  the  author  himself  cried  in  some  of  the 

most  tender  points.     It  had  a  fine  run  of one  evening!      For  some 

cause  or  other  the  manager  on  the  next  evening  was  obliged,  as  he  said, 
to  dismiss  the  audience  in  consequence  of  some  of  the  artists  rebelling  and 
refusing  to  play.  While  the  manager  was  making  this  moving  speech 
the  ticket  seller  smelt  a  good  sized  rat,  and  there  being  just  $18  due  him, 
he  blew  out  the  lights  in  the  office  and  vamosed  with  all  the  funds,  $18, 
all  in  small  change.  The  manager  threw  himself  upon  the  hind  indul- 
gence of  the  audience,  and  informed  them  that  they  could  step  to  the  box 
office  and  have  the  money  refunded  them  !  The  ticket  seller  was  non  est, 
and  a  free  fight  was  the  result.  The  chandelier  was  broken,  as  well  as 
the  manager,  who  made  his  escape  through  a  sewer  !  The  scene  ended 
by  old  John  Meigs,  high  constable,  and  his  posse  capturing  some  dozen 
canaalers  and  two  soldiers  from  the  rendezvous.  The  old  theatre  soon 
wound  up  its  earthly  career. i  Bill  Lawson  was  engaged  here  about  this 
time.  Lawson  is  spoken  of  in  Dui-ang's  History  of  the  Stage.  He  came  to 
the  United  States  with  West,  the  bell  ringer.  Lawson  was  a  fine  looking 
man.  He  could  neither  read  nor  write,  yet  he  could  play  the  part  of  a 
sailor  in  excellent  style.  His  Mat  Mizzen  was  the  best  ever  produced  on 
the  American  stage  in  that  day.  He  played  Joe  Steadfast  equally  well, 
in  the  Tumfihe  Gate.  Joe  was  the  first  victim  to  the  cholera  in  the 
summer  of  1832 ;  he  died  in  a  wretched  cellar,  in  Catharine  street.  New 
York.  Near  the  same  locality,  and  equally  as  miserable.  Miss  Emery,  the 
great  English  tragic  actress,  died.  Her  acting  of  Bianca  was  a  most 
thrilling  picture.     Her  untimely  end  was  much  regretted. 

Yankee  Hill  (George)  was  a  native  of  New  England.  His  father  was 
a  teacher  of  music,  tuned  pianos,  &c.,  in  Philadelphia,  for  n)any  years  — 
he  was  very  poor,  but  managed  to  gain  a  livelihood,  struggling  hard 
through  life,  and  finally  died.  George,  or  Yankee  Hill,  was  a  paper 
hanger  by  trade,  and  worked  for  a  long  time  in  Albany.  He  commenced 
his  career  as  a  comic  singer  in  Trowbridge's  Museum,  corner  of  South 
market  and  Hudson  streets.  After  singing  a  while  at  the  Museum,  he 
appeared  at  the  South  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  in  Yankee  characters.  I 
think  he  appeared  first  in  the  musical  piece  of  the  Forest  Rose.  Hill  was 
an  inimitable  flute  player.  He  rose  very  rapidly  in  the  profession,  and 
was  very  successful  both  in  the  United  States  and  Europe.  He  succeeded 
Hackett.  He  accumulated  a  handsome  competency,  but  he  could  not 
bear  prosperity  —  became  an  ardent  devotee  of  Bacchus  as  well  as  of 
Venus,  squandering  all.  He  finally  abandoned  the  stage,  and  studied  the 
profession  of  dentistry.  He  died  at  Saratoga.  Hill  owned,  at  one  time, 
a  beautiful  villa  at  Batavia,  in  western  New  York;  his  wife  resided  there 
while  he  was  starring  it  through  the  United  States  and  Europe. 

As  I  am  speaking  of  Yankee  characters,  I  will  say  a  few  words  of  the 
lamented  Dan  Marble.      I  think  he  was  born  in  New  York.      He  made 

1  The  history  of  the  Albany  theatre,  as  will  have  been  seen,  is  a  significant  his- 
tory of  the  conversion  of  play  houses  into  churches — the  only  three  edifice? 
erected  expressly  for  dramatic  purposes  having  had  a  very  short  career  as  such, 
and  then  their  walls  echoed  with  a  difi"erent  class  of  sounds.  Even  the  wooden 
building  erected  by  the  Thespian  Society,  in  Orchard  street^,  was  converted  into, 
a  Methodist  church. 


Theatrical  Memmisce^ices.  67 

his  first  appearance  at  the  old  Chatham,  in  the  farce  of  Forfuiies  Frolic, 
Dan  playing  Robin  Roughhead.  He  was  greatly  annoyed  with  the  tooth 
ache  that  night — the  pain  of  the  tooth,  and  the  first  smell  of  the  foot 
lights,  the  gaze  of  the  fiddlers,  and  a  view  of  the  audience,  caused  Dan's 
knees  to  shake  terribly.  I  stood  by  him  as  he  stepped  for  the  first  time 
before  the  audience.  At  first  he  was  quite  bewildered.  He  finally  fright- 
ened the  tooth  ache  away,  and  played  the  part  as  well  as  if  he  had  been 
an  old  stager.  Dan  was  full  of  fun ;  he  told  many  original  stories  that 
would  draw  a  laugh  from  the  ghost  of  old  Job  Gould.  He  was  an  excel- 
lent comedian,  and  an  immense  favorite  wherever  he  visited.  He  died  in 
Louisville,  Ky.  Dan  was  a  great  wag,  and  loved  fun,  no  matter  in  what 
manner  it  was  dished  up.  His  benefit  was  to  have  taken  place  the  night 
he  died.  The  bill  read  as  follows  :  "  Benefit  and  last  appearance  of  Dan 
Marble.  This  evening  will  be  presented  Cure  for  the  Cholera!"  Poor 
Dan  died  of  cholera  on  the  same  night. 

In  the  orchestra  of  the  North  Pearl  Street  Amphitheatre  was  to  be  seen 
and  heard  a  remarkable  personage  —  his  name  was  Paddy  Burns,  and  he 
was  one  of  the  best  Kent  buglers  of  that  day.  Paddy,  of  course,  was  a 
son  of  the  Emerald  Isle  —  he  was  in  the  British  service  most  of  his  daya 
■ —  his  regiment  was  stationed  opposite  Fort  Niagara,  Canada.  Paddy  had 
made  up  his  mind  "  solid,"  as  he  said,  to  Yankceize  himself,  as  Uncle 
Sam's  dominions  were  only  on  the  opposite  side  of  the  Niagara  river, 
some  nine  or  ten  miles  below  Niagara  Falls.  Burns  was  suspicioned,  and 
was  consequently  watched  very  closely,  so  that  an  attempt  to  escape  was  a 
dangerous  experiment;  but  he  tried  it,  and  succeeded.  One  fine  morn- 
ing Paddy  held  an  innocent  confab  with  the  sentinel,  whose  station  was 
near  the  bank  of  the  river.  A  few  drops  of  the  "  crathur  "  cemented  the 
bonds  of  friendship  closer  than  wax  —  the  sentinel  got  three  sheets  in 
the  wind,  while  Paddy  Burns  was  as  sober  as  the  pope.  He  managed 
to  pour  some  of  the  liquor  into  the  vigilant  soldiers  gun,  unperceived. 
Paddy  then  retired  from  the  presence  of  his  friend,  behind  a  rock,  tied 
his  bugle  on  his  neck,  and  plunged  in  the  river,  and  had  swam  a  great 
distance  from  the  shore  before  he  was  discovered.  The  alarm  was  given, 
—  the  sentinel's  gun  flashed  in  the  pan,  and  Paddy  arrived  safe  in  the 
"  Land  of  the  Free,  and  the  Home  of  the  Brave,"  amid  the  loud  huzzas 
of  the  spectators  on  the  American  shore,  who  had  watched  the  proceed- 
ings with  the  most  intense  anxiety.  Burns  then  mounted  a  high  eleva- 
tion, and  played  Yankee  Doodle  and  Hail  Columbia  in  the  very  teeth  of 
John  Bull !     Paddy  was  liked  by  all  who  knew  him.     He  died  in  Ohio. 

At  the  temporary  building  on  the  corner  of  Green  and  Division  streets 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  H.  A.  Williams  played.  They  were  both  eminent  perform- 
ers. Mrs.  Williams,  after  Harry's  death,  married  Maywood,  the  Scotch 
actor.  There  was  an  actor,  an  Englishman,  who  performed  here  —  his 
name  was  Russell  —  he  had  no  fear  of  strychnine  —  he  was  never  seen 
sober,  and  he  became  completely  acclimated  to  the  hissing  process.  Rus- 
sell was  famous  for  addressing  the  audience  —  he  made  apologies  every 
night.  Mrs.  Williams  was  playing  Jane  Shore  —  Russel  was  to  kneel 
over  the  dead  body  in  the  last  scene,  but  being  top  heavy  he  fell  with  all 
his  weight  on  the  corpse  of  Jane  Shore.  This  brought  the  dead  Shore 
to  her  feet  —  Russell,  as  usual,  attempted  |an  apology.  Stale  eggs  went 
up  from  ten  cents  per  dozen  to  $1.50.     Russell  made  a  stampede  ! 


[  68  ] 


NOTES  FROM  THE  NEWSPAPERS. 


[The  following  notes  were  gathered  almost  exclusively  from  the  Evening  Journal 
for  the  year  1861  a^d  part  of  18G2,  after  which  they  were  taken  from  all  the  city 
papers  ]. 

1861. 

Jan.  1.  New  Year's  day,  with  its  smiles  within  doors  and  its  sunshine 
without,  its  hours  of  festive  gayety  to  some  and  mournful  reflections  to 
others,  has  come  and  gone ;  and  the  newly  arrived  1861  will  pursue,  un- 
disturbed, the  routine   of  its   predecessor,  just   deceased;  —  illustrious, 
alas  !  in   withering  the  heart's  brightest  hopes,  by  consigning  to  the  tomb 
those  of  whose  life  we  formed  a  part  —  the  idolized  husband,  the  cher- 
ished wife,  the  nestlings  of  our  hearth-stones.     We  will  not  dwell  on  the 
sad  theme.     We  will  speak  of  the  joyous  faces  and  kind  interchange  of 
courtesies  that  the  day  brought   forth.      The  ceremonies  attending  the 
inauguration  of  the  governor  and  lieutenant  governor,  were  unusually  im- 
pressive.    The  Burgesses  Corps  were  in  attendance,  with  full  ranks,  and 
also  a  delegation  from  the  Troy  Citizens'   Corps,  and  a  large  number  of 
citizens.      The  governor  received  his  friends  in  the  executive  chamber, 
and  the   other  officers  of  state  at  their  respective  dwellings.      Mayor 
Thacher  kept  up  the  ancient  custom,  by  receiving  calls  from   the  city 
officials  and  his  friends.      But  the  most  important  feature  of  the  day  was 
the  renewal  of  friendship  and  the  interchange  of  social  feelings  among  our 
citizens.     The  ladies,  as  usual,  were  to  be  found  at  home,  and  during  the 
afternoon  and  evening  "joy  unconfined  "  held  full   carnival  in  many  a 
dwelling.     The  young  men  embraced  the  opportunity  ofi'ered  in  the  day 
to  increase  the  number  of  their  female  acquaintances ;  and  the  ladies, 
doubtless,  were  gratified  in  thus  increasing  their  catalogue  of  friends. — 
Evening  Journal For  some  time  efi"orts  had  been  made  by  our  fire- 
men to  find  some  machine  that  could  throw  a  stream  of  water  over  the 
"•ilded  ball  on  the  top  of  the  flag  stafi"  on  the   City  Hall.     The  steam  fire 
engines  of  Troy  were  brought  down,  tested,  and  failed.       Nos.  7,  8,  10, 
11  and  13  had   been  tried,  and,  although  several  of  them  threw  handsome 
streams  of  water  to  nearly  its  height,  yet  they  did  not  fully  come  up  to 
the  mark.     The  crowning  eff'ort  was  made  by  Mountaineer  Engine  No.  5, 
made  by  Button,  of  Waterford.     Taking  the  water  from  her  suction  she 
threw  a  handsome  stream  of  water  over  the  ball,  so  beautifully  that  some 
contend  that  the  water  reached  a  height  of  from  ten  to  fifteen  feet  above 

the  ball The  Scottish  national  game  of  curling  was  played  on  the  ice 

in  the  river  yesterday.  The  ice  was  too  rough  to  exhibit  the  game  in  its 
perfection  ;  but  it  was  well  played,  nevertheless.  Mr.  James  Dixon  was 
the  champion  of  the  day The  lumber  trade  for  the  year  past  was  sat- 
isfactory to  manufacturers  and  dealers.     Although  prices  were  high,  they 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  69 

were  steady,  and  sufficient  for  a  fair  remuneration.  The  supply  was  equal 
to  the  demand,  though  hemlock  and  spruce  were  scarce  during  most  of  the 
year,  caused  by  the  want  of  the  usual  freshet  to  bring  down  the  loos  cut 
last  winter.  The  fall  freshets,  however,  brought  down  enough  for  the 
diminished  demand  in  the  last  month  of  the  season.  A  large  "amount  of 
common  pine  was  received  from  Michigan  and  Wisconsin,  wlien  only  the 
better  qualities  are  sent  this  way ;  but  nearly  all  has  been  sold,  though  at 
prices  which  rendered  but  a  small,  if  any,  profit  to  the  manufacturers. 
The  receipts  for  the  year  have  been  about  ten  millions  of  feet  of  boards 
and  scantling  more  than  in  the  previous  year,  and  the  total  amount, 
301,022,600  feet,  is  a  larger  quantity  than  has  been  received  at  any  other 
market.  Albany  received  the  past  year  over  three  hundred  million  feet 
of  lumber,  the  value  of  which,  with  staves  and  shingles,  is  nearly  six 
million  dollars.  The  handling  of  this  amount  of  property  gave  employ- 
ment to  a  small  army  of  men,  and  the  business  transactions  connected  with 
It  are  among  the  largest  in  the  city.  Her  position  at  the  termination  of  the 
canals  and  on  the  Hudson  river,  with  the  ample  slips  and  basins  in  the 
Lumber  district,  gives  her  unrivaled  fticilities  for  receiving,  storing,  sell- 
ing and  shipping  the  lumber  annually  marketed  here,  and  she  still  main- 
tains her  position  as  the  largest  lumber  mart  in  the  world Archibald 

Mclntyre  Henderson  died  at  Jersey  City,  aged  27  ;  grandson  of  the  late 
Archibald  Mclntyre,  of  this  city. 

Jan.  2.  Miss  Knapp  resigned  the  charge  of  her  Ragged  school,  which 
she  had  maintained  several  years  with  admirable  self-devotion.  "  My  re- 
ceipts at  the  beginning  of  the  last  year  being  unusually  large,  I  immediately 
set  about  making  those  repairs  and  improvements  which  I  deemed  indispen- 
sible.  About  $560  thus  passed  out  of  my  hands.  Arrears  of  interest  with 
that  of  the  past  year,  amounted  to  about  $400.  Over  $100  has  been  paid  for 
assistance  in  the  house.  About  $260  for  groceries,  &c.,  including  all  the 
corn  meal,  butter,  rice,  beans,  molasses,  &c.,  consumed  in  thirteen^months 
Over  $100  for  bread ;  $60  for  milk  ;  $1.5..S0  for  gas  :  coal,  $17.62  (the  re- 
mainder being  donated) ;  shoes  about  $15.  Total  receipts  from  Dec  1st 
1859,  to  Jan.  2d,  1861,  about  $1,570.  Expenses  for  the  same  period 
about  $1,590.  In  this  condition  of  my  affairs  is  plainly  indicated  the 
closing  up  of  my  work  in  Albany.  The  failure  of  means  is  God's  si^-n  to 
which  I  have  uniformly  referred,  as  marking  the  period  of  suspension  ; 'for 
the  idea  of  debt  is  intolerable."  It  is  believed  that  this  statement  brou<vht 
out  the  charitable  citizens,  and  means  were  provided  for  continuint^  the 
school.  ° 

Jan.  3.  Mary  Aloysa  Coogan,  wife  of  Lawrence  Devlin,  died,  aged  27. 

Jan.  4.  Fast  day ;  the  banks  and  many  stores  and  other  places  of  busi- 
ness were  closed.  Neither  house  of  the  Legislature  was  in  session.  Ser- 
vices appropriate  to  the  day  were  held  in  the  churches James  Han  Ion 

died,  aged  75. 

Jan  5.  Samuel  L.  Van  Vechten  died,  aged  27  ;  only  son  of  Rev.  Jacob 
Van  Vechten. 

Jan.  6.  James  W.  Thompson  died,  aged  33. 

Jan.  7.  The  chief  of  police,  Amos  Adams,  made  the  following  report 
of  the  business  of  his  department  for  the  year  ending  Dec.  3f,  I860  : 
Number  of  arrests,  4,698  ;  bench  warrants  executed,  62 ;  search  warrants 
executed,  46;   burglaries  committed,  25;  persons  conveyed  to  and  from 


70  Notes  from  the  Newspa;pers.  1861. 

jail  for  examination,  818  ;  subpoenas  for  courts  and  grand  juries,  1,600 ; 
lost  children  returned  to  parents,  125;  coroner's  inquests,  45;  accidents 
to  persons,  87;  fires,  36;  persons  rescued  from  drowning,  5;  lodgers  m 
station  houses,  2,628 ;  complaints  for  violating  city  ordinances,  225 ;  sui- 
cides, 1 ;  money  taken  from  persons  arrested  and  returned,  ^3,782 

A  lecture  was  given  at  Tweddle  Hall  by  Prof.  Araasa  McCoy,  on  the  Cu- 
rious and  Humorous  Phases  in  the  History  of  Temperance,  and  a  City 
Temperance  Society  organized,  consisting  of  the  following  persons : 
President,  Rev.  Dr.  I.  N.  Wyckoff.  Vice  Presidents,  Rev.  Dr.  H.  N. 
Pohlman,  Rev.  Dr.  E.  Halley,  Rev.  B.  R.  Stratton,  Rev.  A.  D.  Mayo, 
Rev.  Dr.  R.  Palmer,  Rev.  Dr.  E.  P.  Rogers,  Rev.  Dr  E.  L.  Magoon, 
Erastus  Corning,  Gideon  Hawley,  Gen.  Amos  Pilsbury.  Executive  Com- 
mittee, Dr.  R.  P.  Staats,  John  C.  Ward,  Dr.  J.  E.  Pomfret,  Rev.  A.  A. 
Farr,  Rev.  S.  T.  Seelye,  J.  C.  Crocker,  John  G.  Treadwell,  Thomas 
Schuyler,  Louis  D.  Pilsbury.  Corresponding  Secretary  and  Agent,  Jacob 
T.    Hazen.     Recording  Secretary,  Wm.  Headlam  Jr.      Treasurer,  Wm. 

McElroy.      Auditor,  Philip  Phelps There  arose  a  mania  for  skating 

at  this  time,  and  everybody  and  his  wife  and  sisters  were  laboring  to  ac- 
quire the  art.  Three  skating  parks  were  formed  ;  one  above  the  patroon's 
residence,  on  the  Watervliet  turnpike,  an  artificial  pond ;  another  on  the 
liver  at  the  foot  of  Hamilton  street ;  and  another  on  the  basin,  above  Co- 
lumbia street  bridge.     Hilarity  prevailed. 

Jan.  8.  The  Rev.  De  Forest  Porter  was  ordained  in  the  Christian  min- 
istry, and  installed  pastor  of  the  First  Universalist  society  of  Albany,  at 

the  church  in  Green  street Mrs.  Catharine  McCluskey  died,  aged  68. 

Jan.  10.  William  Fowler  died  at  his  residence  in  Broadway,  aged  87. 
Mr.  Fowler  came  to  reside  in  Albany  near  seventy  years  since,  when  a 
very  young  man.  At  an  early  period  he  took  a  prominent  position  as  a 
business  man,  and  by  his  industry  and  integrity  acquired  a  competent  for- 
tune. For  the  last  thirty  years  he  had  lived  in  a  quiet  retirement.  Few 
men  among  us  have  exemplified  more  perfectly  than  he  did  the  character 
of  a  good  citizen  and  the  humble  and  unobtrusive  Christian.  But  it  was 
in  the  family  circle  that  his  virtues  were  preeminent.  As  a  husband  and 
father  he  was  considerate,  generous,  tender  and  afiectionate,  and  his  me- 
mory will  ever  be  precious  to  his  surviving  friends. 

Jan.  11.  The  Two-mile  House,  on  the  Schenectady  turnpike,  occupied 
by  George  Stackhouse,  took  fire  and  was  entirely  destroyed.  The  fire 
took  in  the  upper  part  of  the  building,  as  the  roof  was  first  discovered  to 
be  in  flames.  A  high  wind  prevailed  at  the  time,  and  the  flames  spread 
so  rapidly  that  before  water  could  be  procured  the  entire  roof  was  on  fire. 
During  the  stage  coach  and  rail  road  opposition  between  this  city  and 
Utica,  this  tavern  was  the  stopping  place  of  the  former  for  a  change  of 
horses  after  the  tiresome  run  up  Capitol  hill,  and  was  built  about  fifty 
years  a^'O.     The  building  belonged  to  Sebastian  Scace. 

Jan.  13.  The  early  risers  on  this  Sunday  morning  were  saluted  with  a 
very  keen  atmosphere,  and  upon  consulting  the  thermometer  the  mercury 
was  found  to  touch  ten  degrees  below  zero.  Even  as  late  as  ten  o'clock 
the  weather  had  but  slightly  moderated,  and  then  the  mercury  indicated 
three  deorees  below  zero.  As  might  have  been  expected,  the  attendance 
at  the  churches  was  slim,  and  in  some,  owing  to  the  inability  of  those  in 
charge  to  make   the  buildings  comfortable,  the  congregations  dismissed 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newspa^pers.  71 

without  the  usual  services.  During  the  day  the  weather  continued  very 
cold,  the  thermometer,  for  the  most  part,  remaining  within  a  few  degrees 
of  zero.  The  branch  water  pipes  at  various  points  in  the  city  were  seri- 
ously affected  by  the  cold,  and  at  several  points  bursted,  from  which  the 
water  ran,  overflowing  the  streets.  The  main  leaks  were  found  opposite 
the  Cathedral,  in  Lydius  street,  at  the  corner  of  Broadway  and  Clinton 
avenue,  and  in  Hamilton  street,  a  short  distance  below  Pearl  street.  The 
keen  atmosphere  penetrated  even  the  gas  pipes,  and  caused  the  gas  to 
burn  quite  dim  through  the  city.  The  Arc/us  office  was  suddenly  left  in 
darkness  by  freezing  of  the  pipes,  and  they  were  obliged  to  work  by  can- 
dle lights  to  enable  them  to  get  out  their  paper  Monday  morning.  The 
wind  was  from  the  noith,  although  the  breeze  was  light Agnes  Eg- 
berts, widow  of  Henry  Adams,  died  at  Cohoes Harriet  Leonard,  wife 

of  Thomas  Olcott,  died John  Tripp  died,  aged  50. 

Jan.  14.  Susan  Hutchinson  died,  aged  38. 

Jan.  15.  James  Rhatiga  died,  aged  69. 

Jan.  16.  Great  snow  storm — the  Springfield  train  fourteen  hours  in 
getting  through. 

Jan.  18.  Daniel  Fisher  died,  aged  28. 

Jan  19.  The  Albany  Zouaves  elected  the  following  officers  :  Captain, 
Frederick  Townsend  ;  1st  Lieutenant,  John  S.  Barnes ;  2d  Lieutenant, 
Cuyler  Van  Vechten  ;  8d  Lieutenant,  Frank  S.  Pruyn  ;  Orderly  Sergeant, 
T.  W.  P.  Kendrick  ;  2d  Sergeant,  James  H.  Goss  ;  3d  Sergeant,  Alex. 
McRoberts;  4th  Sergeant,  Daniel  S.  Benton ;  5th  Sergeant,  John  H. 
Russell;  1st  Corporal,  Wm.  N.  S.  Saunders;  2d  Corporal,  Wm.  C.  Haw- 
ley;  od  Corporal,  Charles  Townsend;  4th  Corporal,  Dave  H.  Craver. 
They  took  possession  of  their  new  armory  in  Van  Vechten  Hall  yester- 
day. They  have  a  drill  room,  reading  room,  meeting  room  and  smoking 
room,  all  of  which  will  be  handsomely  fitted  up. 

Jan.  21.  This  evening  was  held  the  second  carnival,  as  it  was  termed, 
at  the  Van  Rensselaer  skating  park,  which  was  thus  described  by  one  who 
saw  it:  The  park  was  alive  on  Monday  night,  and  such  a  night !  Not  as 
at  carnival  the  first,'dim  with  falling  snow,  but  light  as  a  the  silver  palace 
of  Valhalla  to  the  dying  Norseman.  The  moon,  "  sweet  regent  of  the 
sky,"  was  enthroned  splendidly,  with  only  a  light  lace  veil  that  she  let 
fall  occasionally  as  if  in  mercy  to  the  great  bonfire,  which,  having  reigned 
undisputed,  the  red  moon  of  the  first  festival  glared  now  from  ihe  snowy 
hill  in  the  midst  as  if  determined  on  angry  mischief.  The  managers  had 
added  also  four  rows  of  blazing  opals.  I  say  opals,  for  they  seemed  so  at 
the  first  glimpse  of  the  park  from  the  road.  In  fact,  a  fairy  garden 
seemed  glowing  there,  amidst  the  snowy  moonlit  landscape.  Entering  the 
park  through  the  building  (which  was  thronged  with  eager  bustling  life), 
the  reality  appeared.  The  opals  turned  into  many  colored  lanterns  alter- 
nating with  tall  torches.  And  there  were  the  merry  skaters  weaving 
themselves  into  myriad  figures ;  —  now  into  groups,  now  into  many  lines  ; 
and  now  scattering  like  beads  from  a  string.  On  the  park,  the  moonlight 
and  bonfire  had  a  struggling  time  of  it  throughout,  but  it  was  kept  up 
much  against  odds  by  the  latter.  For  a  considerable  space  around  the  fire 
turned  the  ice  into  a  golden  pavement,  over  which  the  dark  figures 
glanced  quite  picturesquely,  but  the  broad  reaches  of  silver  light  else- 
wjiere  showed  that  the  moon  was  queeiv      Th^re  was  a  spectre  Qii  the 


72  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1861. 

white  mound  of  the  bonfire,  feeding  the  crackling  flame,  that  would  have 
looked  well  in  a  painting,  and  the  sparks  streamed  ofi"  upon  the  dark  air 
like  millions  of  fire-flies.  The  noble  elms,  too,  near  the  mound,  with  their 
naked  architecture,  shaped  like  the  Greek  Amphora,  seemed  in  the  tinge 
of  the  fire  as  if  sculptured  in  gold,  while  long  vistas  of  red  light  stretch- 
ing from  the  mound  looked  each  like  the  path  of  the  sunset  upon  water. 
Still  the  quiet  beauty  of  the  moonlight,  as  before  observed,  was  too  much 
for  the  crimson  crackler.  How  the  moonlight  gleamed  over  the  white 
surfaces  !  how  it  reached  up  into  the  little  nooks  of  the  banks,  and  all 
along  the  edges,  blending  almost  insensibly  with  the  whiteness  of  the 
borderino-  snow  !  And  there  the  delicate  beams  found  the  blazing  lamps 
and  lanterns,  but,  melting  through  them,  it  went  off"  to  bask  upon  the  hill 
sides.  There  was  one  place  where  the  moonlight  found  a  foe.  This  was 
where  frowned  the  grove  of  evergreens  at  the  patroon's.  If  a  goblin  had 
stole  out  and  had  mingled  with  the  gay  company  it  would  scarcely  have 
been  surprising.  Although  the  night  was  not  as  cold  as  in  tlie  Arctic  re- 
gions, still  the  warm  touch  of  the  bonfire  on  the  cheek  was  grateful.  And 
that  explained  why  the  skaters  adhered  so  to  the  space  immediately 
around  the  blaze.  There,  the  skate  irons  flashed  so  continuously,  it  seemed 
as  if  lightning  was  playing  along  the  ice.  But  it  was  still  more  delight- 
ful aftei-  feeling  the  warm  glow,  to  launch  out  into  the  cold,  clear  moon- 
light of  the  farther  spaces,  and  whirl  and  dart  like  a  swallow  on  the  wing 
in  the  luxury  of  the  pure,  healthful  winter  air.  This  mania  for  skating 
was  introduced  at  the  Central  Park  in  New  York,  and  soon  pervaded 
every  village  and  city  on  the  Hudson.  A  couple  of  citizens  of  Catskill 
having  occasion  to  visit  Albany,  brought  their  skates,  and  went  home  on 
them,  thirty  miles. 

Jan.  22.  A  time  ball  on  the  Capitol  was  daily  dropped  by  electricity 
emanating  from  the  Observatory,  exactly  at  12  M.,  within  the  fraction  of 
a  second.  At  the  same  time  a  bell  was  struck  in  the  senate  and  assembly 
chambers,  giving  correct  time  to  the  members  of  both  houses. 

Jan.  23.  James  H.  Conklin  died,  aged  32. 

Jan.  24.  A  heavy  snow  storm  began  in  the  morning,  which  appeared  to 
have  extended  over  a  large  tract  of  country  in  every  direction.  The  rail 
road  trains  were  all  detained  by  the  storm,  the  Harlem  was  a  day  behind 
time. 

Jan.  25.  Valentine  Goodelet  died,  aged  44. 

Jan.  26.  John  Scoon,  who  came  to  this  city  from  Scotland  in  1801, 
died  at  Seneca,  Ontario  county,  aged  90. 

Jan.  27.  Mrs.  Lydia  Pritchard  died,  aged  85. 

Jan.  29.  Mrs.  Elizabeth  B.  Allen  died,  aged  59. 

Jan.  oO.  Jane  Barber,  widow  of  Solomon  Southwick,  died,  aged  89. 

Feb.  2.  Henry  L.  Wilson  died  at  Chicago,  youngest  son  of  John  Q. 
Wilson,  of  this  city William  H.  Anderson  died,  aged  20. 

Feb. '3.  Elisabeth  Herzog,  wife  of  Peter  Kampf,  died,  aged  21. 

Feb.  6.  Bridget  Tobin  died. 

Feb.  7.  The  coldest  night  for  many  years.  Mr  Joel  W.  Andrews, 
who  officiates  as  clerk  of  the  weather,  at  42  High  street,  100  feet  above 
tide  water,  says :  At  noon  the  standard  barometer  was  observed  down  to 
a  threatening  position  among  the  elements  —  28.887  inches  —  the  lowest 
point  on  my  record  during  the  last  three  years.      Between  noon  and  1  p. 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  7  3 

M.  it  commenced  rising  rapidly,  followed  by  a  heavy  gale  of  N.  W.  wind 
—  changeable  sky,  dark  flying  clouds  —  air  filled  with  billing  snow  — 
followed  by  clear  sky.  The  gale  of  wind  continued  with  violence  the 
greater  part  of  the  night.  The  thermometer  at  noon  stood  at  88  degrees ; 
at  6  P.  M.  at  zero;  at  11  P.  M.  10  below  zero;  at  7  A.  M.  on  the  morning  of 
the  8th,  28  degrees  below  zero,  as  observed  by  the  registering  thermome- 
ter—  showing  a  fall  of  66  degrees  in  19  hours,  and  the  lowest  point  on 
my  record  since  the  winter  of  1855,  when  the  same  thermometer,  in  the 
same  position,  marked  27  degrees  below  zero.  The  barometer  rose  about 
la  inches  during  the  same  time  —  reduced  to  the  freezing  point  and  tide 
water  level James  E.  Marble  died  at  Nassau,  Bahama  islands. 

Feb.  9.  Besides  the  Van  Kensselaer  skating  park,  there  was  the  Central 
skating  park  and  the  Tompkins  skating  park.  The  latter  had  a  carnival 
on  this  evening,  and  it  was  said  in  the  papers  that  there  were  not  less 
than  three  thousand  people,  male  and  female,  on  the  park,  and  double 
that  number  of  spectators  on  the  dock  and  pier.  It  was  a  splendid  affair, 
and  a  success  in  every  point  of  view.  The  illumination,  consisting  of 
myriads  of  variagated  Chinese  lanterns,  lamps,  rail  road  reflectors,  and 
bonfires,  extending  around  the  entire  park,  was  admirably  arranged,  and 
produced  a  fairy  like  scene.  Fort  Sumter  and  Gen.  Scott's  headquarters 
presented  a  very  imposing  appearance,  being  elaborately  and  tastefully 
decorated  with  flags  and  illuminated  with  variegated  lamps.  The  brigade 
band  discoursed  excellent  music,  and  the  skaters,  as  well  as  the  thousands 
of  lookers-on  that  thronged  the  pier,  enjoyed  the  scene  in  the  best  possi- 
ble manner.  The  principal  manager,  George  M.  Griff'en,  and  those  under 
him,  are  certainly  entitled  to  great  credit  for  the  liberality  displayed,  as 
well  as  for  the  admirable  order  which  they  labored  to  preserve.  The  fire 
works  were   of  the    most  brilliant   character,    and    were   the   attractive 

feature  of  the   evening's  entertainment On  Saturday  our  respected 

and  venerable  citizen,  .Jacob  H.  Ten  Eyck,  celebrated,  at  his  mansion, 
is  eightieth  birthday.  The  dinner  is  said  to  have  been  the  most 
sumptuous,  for  a  private  affair,  and  the  accompaniments  the  richest  and 
most  rare  that  were  probably  ever  served  up  in  old  Gotham.  The  party 
consisted  of  twenty-four  of  Mr.  Ten  Eyck's  relatives  —  there  being  none 
others  present,  except  the  Kev.  Dr.  Rogers,  of  the  two  steepled  church, 
and  his  lady.  The  remarks  made  on  the  occasion  by  Mr.  Rogers  are 
said  to  have  been  truly  eloquent,  pathetic,  appropriate  —  causing  the  un- 
bidden tear  to  flow  from  more  eyes  than  one.  Notwithstanding  Mr.  Ten 
Eyck's  advanced  age,  to  see  him  in  the  bank  —  he  being  at  this  time 
president  of  the  Bank  of  Albany  —  or  to  see  him  moving  about  the 
streets,  few,  if  any,  acquainted  with  him,  would  take  him  to  be  over  fifty, 
so  elastic  and  firm  in  his  step,  so  vigorous  and  healthy  in  his  general  ap- 
pearance. Time  has  indeed  dealt  gently  with  him,  having  only  sprinkled 
silver  grey  tell  tales  on  his  head.  As  he  belongs  to  the  pure  old  Dutch 
stock,  it  is  not  impossible  that  he  may  yet  count  a  century. — Express. 

Feb.  11.  The  mild  weather  of  Sunday  and  Monday  caused  a  rapid  de- 
composition of  the  snow,  both  in  the  city  and  the  country,  and  a  sudden 
rising  of  the  mill  streams  in  this  vicinity.  Last  evening  a  drizzling  rain 
storm  set  in,  and  during  the  night  and  this  morning  a  considerable  quan- 
tity of  water  fell.  The  thaw  and  the  rain  alarmed  the  occupants  of  ware- 
houses in  the  vicinity  of  the  river,  and  fearing  an  inundation  those  on  the 

Hist,  Coll  a.  10 


74  Notes  frcmi  the  Newspapers.  1861. 

pier  and  dock  commenced  this  morning  to  prepare  for  high  water.  La- 
borers were  engaged  all  the  morning  in  removing  property  from  the  first 
floor,  which  consisted  of  flour. 

Feb.  12.  Eveline  S.,  wife  of  Charles  S.  Harvey,  died,  aged  27. 

Feb.  13.  The  worst  fears  entertained  yesterday  by  the  produce  dealers 
and  those  interested  in  the  navigation  of  the  river  ;and  canals  were  real- 
ized. During  last  evening  information  was  received  that  the  Mohawk 
river  had  broken  up,  and  that  it  was  rushing  into  the  Hudson  with  fear- 
ful rapidity.  Later  intelligence  was  brought  that  the  river  was  rising 
rapidly  at  Troy,  that  the  docks  there  were  submerged,  and  that  the  water 
was  rising  at  a  fearful  rate.  About  midnight  it  was  ascertained  that  the 
ice  had  moved  at  Troy,  but  was  again  stopped  ;  that  this  stoppage  had 
thrown  the  water  back,  and  that  the  river  was  rising  there  at  the  rate  of 
from  four  to  six  feet  an  hour.  Although  the  ice  in  front  of  our  city  was 
known  to  be  very  thick  and  strong,  yet  experienced  river  men  knew  that 
it  could  not  long  hold  out  against  such  a  pressure  as  that  which  was  con-. 
ceutrating  against  it  above,  and  that  it  would  soon  yield.  Early  this 
morning  the  ice  again  started  ofl'  in  the  vicinity  of  Troy,  and,  coming 
down,  banked  up  just  above  Bath,  forming  an  immense  dam,  which  ex- 
tended from  shore  to  shore,  and  over  the  island  in  front  of  the  Lumber 
district.  For  several  hours  the  barrier  withstood  the  pressure  from 
above  —  the  river  at  that  point  being  several  feet  higher  than  it  was  at 
Bath,  the  water  finding  a  vent  through  some  narrow  passes  of  the  land. 
About  ten  minutes  past  8  o'clock  this  morning  the  barrier  yielded  with  a 
terrible  crash,  and  passed  down  the  river.  When  opposite  the  Boston 
depot  it  was  stopped  by  the  ice  which  had  during  the  winter  formed  a 
roadway  to  the  rail  road  depots.  This  stoppage  caused  the  water  to  rush 
through  the  cut  opposite  Maiden  lane,  and  over  the  upper  pier,  with  such 
force  as  to  carry  all  the  craft  in  the  middle  basin  with  it,  destroying  boats 
and  bridges,  thus  causing  the  loss  of  an  immense  amount  of  property. 
The  barrier  opposite  to  the  city,  however,  speedily  yielded  to  the  press- 
ure, which  alone  saved  the  storehouses  on  the  pier  from  being  demo- 
lished, for  experienced  river  men  assert  that  at  that  time  had  the  water 
been  one  foot  higher  no  power  on  earth  could  have  prevented  the  moving 
of  the  steam  tugs,  barges  and  canal  boats  down  the  river.  They  would 
have  necessarily  come  in  collision  with  the  buildings  on  the  pier,  which 
could  not  have  resisted  the  pressure  of  the  ice  and  water.  In  less  than 
one  hour  after  the  ice  commenced  moving  above  Bath,  the  water  rose  six 
feet  at  the  foot  of  Maiden  lane,  and  was  still  rising  at  a  fearful  and  rapid 
rate.  The  ice  had  not  gone  through  far,  for  at  10  o'clock  a  barrier  was 
formed  at  Jolly  island,  a  mile  below  the  city  ;  but  the  water  had  found 
an  outlet  behind  the  island,  in  front  of  the  Abbey,  thence  along  the  dyke 
near  Van  Wie's  point,  and  on  the  opposite  shore  through  the  Schodac 
creek.  Below  Van  Wie's  point,  and  to  the  Nine-mile  tree,  the  ice  in  the 
river  was  very  thick,  and  the  principal  barriers  to  river  navigation  are  be- 
tween these  places.  The  river  fluctuated  considerably  during  the  morn- 
ino-,  rising  and  falling  several  feet  in  a  short  space  of  time.  About  11 
o'clock  the  water  was  within  four  feet  of  the  memorable  freshet  of  1857. 
The  basin,  between  the  Columbia  and  Hamilton  street  bridges,  had  been, 
during  the  winter,  completely  filled  up  with  river  craft,  most  of  which 
had  ur^dergone  repairs  and  were  in  readiness   for  the  opening  of  spring 


1861.  Notes  from  the  NeiDsjxipei's.  75 

business.      Soon  after  the  ice  moved,  and  the  fearful  crash  had  subsided, 
the  steamers,  barges  and  boats  presented  a  deplorable  looking  sight,  jam- 
med into  each  other  and  carried  upon  the  dock  and  the  abutments  of  the 
bridges.     It  appears  that  by  the  rush  of  water  and  ice  through  the  cut, 
the  vessels  were  carried  against  the  State  street  bridge,  when  the  super- 
structures of  the  bridge  gave  way.      This  caused   the  vessels  from  above 
to  break  from  their  moorings,  and  a  general  crash  ensued.      Two  of  the 
spans  of  the  Columbia  street  bridge  were  carried  off.     The  entire  carriage 
way  of  the  State  street  and  a  portion  of  the  Hamilton  street  bridges  were 
destroyed.     The  former  had  just  been  repaired  at  an  expense  of  812,000, 
and  was  a  total  wreck.      The  steam-tug  L.  D.  Collins  was  carried  upon 
one  of  the  abutments  of  the  State  street  bridge,  where  she  lay   in   immi- 
nent danger  of  being  broken  in  two.     Payne's  mud  machine  and  three  or 
four  canal  boats  were  also  forced  upon  the  abutments.      Two  steam-tuo-s 
were  in  the  basin,  the  Austin   and  Ohio,  and  were  whirled  around  at  a 
frightful  rate  during  the  crash.     Four  barges  were  forced  upon  the  dock, 
and  two  of  them  into  the  sheds  recently  erected  by  the  Central  rail  road 
between  Columbia  street  and   Maiden  lane.      Between    Maiden  lane  and 
State  street  four  canal  boats  were  on  the  dock,  one  of  which  was  forced 
against  the  brick  warehouse  on  the  corner  of  Exchange  street  with  such 
violence  as  to  carry  away  a  portion  of  the  southeast  corner  of  the  building, 
in  which  there  was  stored  a  large  amount  of  property.     The  stem  of  the 
Hudson  river  rail   road   ferry  boat  was  knocked  off  to  the  water's  edge. 
Between  State  and  Hamilton  streets  there  were  forced  upon  the  dock 
B'lcClure's  floating  elevator,  the   steam-tug  Wm.  H.  Taylor,  the   barge 
Mayflower,  and  two  canal  boats.     The  Bath  ferry  house,  a  frame  building, 
was   carried   down   the  river  soon  after  the  ice  started  off".      The  entire 
lower  part  of  the  city  was  inundated,  and,  in  fact,  all  along  the  line  of  the 
river   the  warehouses   could  only  be  reached  in  boats,  as  the  docks  were 
submerged  to   the   depth   of  from  four   to  six   feet.     The  basements   of 
buildings  in  South  Broadway,  and  even  those  on  some  portions  of  Liberty 
street,  were   inundated.      South   Broadway  was  navigable  for  skiffs  and 
yawl  boats  from  Hudson  street  to  below  the  Steam  boat  lauding,  and  the 
dock  was  in  navigable  order  for  first  class  steamers.     The  Central  rail  road 
passenger  depot  could  only  be  reached  by  means  of  boats,  from  the  side- 
walk on   Maiden   lane  alongside  of  Stanwis    Hall       In  fact,  there  was 
scarcely  a  building  east  of  Broadway  but  which  was  inundated,  and  there 
were  very  many  on  that  line  of  street  in  the  same  condition.      The  State 
street  bridge   was  a  complete  wreck.      From  the   top  of  the  Exchange 
building  the  scene  was  awfully  grand.     For  miles  around  the  hills  looked 
black  —  scarcely  a  particle  of  snow  remaining  upon   them.      From  them 
were  rushing  streams  of  water  foaming  down  the  ravines  into  the  Hudson. 
The  ice  was  passiug   down   the  river  at  a  rapid  rate,  opposite  to  the  city, 
and  damming  up  near  the  dykes.     The  vessels  in  the  basin  lay  in  a  con- 
fused condition,  while  those  stranded  on  the  bridge   appeared  as  if  they 
were  about  making  a  plunge,  or  breaking  in  two.     The  panorama  presented 
to  the  eye  was  magnificent.      But  a  few  minutes  before  the  breaking  up 
of  the  river,  a  party,  consisting  of  some  six  or  eight  persons,  left  the  Bos- 
ton depot  for  this  city.       They   reached  the  pier,  when   they  separated  ; 
four  of  them  ran  and  barely  got  over  the  State  street  bridge  before  it  was 
swept  from  its  foundation,  while  the  other  two  started  down  the  pier  for 


76  Notes  fr<ym  tlie  Nevusj^apers.  1861 

the  Hamilton  street  bridge.  Just  as  tliey  reached  this  bridge  the  crash 
commenced,  and  almost  in  an  instant  they  were  surrounded  by  water 
which  swept  over  the  bridge.  Finding  themselves  hemmed  in,  they 
rushed  upon  the  ice  which  had  been  used  as  a  skating  park  (Tompkins), 
and  on  it  they  were  conveyed  down  the  river.  The  ice  being  very  strong, 
and  the  current  towards  the  western  shore,  they  ran  against  the  South 
Ferry  slip  and  were  rescued.  A  man  in  the  employ  of  the  Boston  rail 
road  was  on  the  ice  which  started,  and  was  not  since  heard  of. Abra- 
ham I.  LaGrange  died,  aged  64. 

Feb.  14.  Elizabeth  Van  Rensselaer,  daughter  of  Eensselaer  Westerlo, 
died  in  New  York. 

Feb.  15.  Silas  B.  Hamilton  died,  aged  68.  He  came  to  this  city  iu 
1848,  as  the  agent  of  several  of  the  strongest  eastern  insurance  compa- 
nies. He  at  once  secured  a  large  business,  and  was  recognized  as  one  of 
our  most  upright  and  honorable  citizens.  He  represented,  for  several 
years,  the  Fifth  ward  in  the  board  of  supervisors,  and  was  always  active 
and  influential  in  public  affairs.  He  took  a  leading  part  in  the  organiza- 
tion of  the  Commercial  Insurance  Company,  and  was  its  president.  He 
had  been  ill  for  some  months,  and  he  died  as  he  lived  —  an  upright,  con- 
scientious Christian,  leaving  behind  him  a  family  who  loved  him  for  his 
gentleness  and  virtues. 

Feb.  16.  The  ice  barrier  just  below  the  city  still  maintained  its  position, 
although  the  weather  was  mild  and  the  atmosphere  clear.  The  sluggish 
movement  of  the  water  was  a  source  of  vexation  and  great  annoyance  to 
the  occupants  of  warehouses  on  the  quay  and  pier.  From  about  5 
o'clock  last  evening  until  nearly  noon  to-day  the  river  had  receded  only 
about  six  inches,  leaving  a  depth  of  four  and  a  half  feet  of  water  still  on 

the  first  floors  in  the  houses  on  the  dock  and  pier James  Wolft"  died, 

aged  16. 

Feb.  18.  President  Lincoln  arrived  in  the  city  by  the  Central  rail  road 
train.  The  train  reached  West  Albany  at  2:20,  which  was  the  signal  for 
a  salute  of  twenty-one  guns,  by  Arch.  Young,  from  the  Observatory 
grounds,  and  which  occupied  the  time  taken  by  the  train  to  reach  and 
pass  the  point  from  which  the  salute  was  fired.  On  reaching  the  Broad- 
way crossing  the  train  was  stopped,  and  the  president  was  received  by  the 
common  council,  headed  by  the  mayor,  by  the  25th  regiment,  and  a  large 
crowd  of  citizens.  The  mayor  welcomed  him  in  an  address,  which  was 
responded  to  by  the  president.  He  visited  the  legislature,  and  was  the 
guest  of  the  governor.  In  the  evening  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Lincoln  had  a  citi- 
zens' reception  at  the  Delavan  House.  The  party  left  the  city  the  next 
morning  at  half-past  7  o'clock,  by  the  Hudson  river  rail  road,  escorted  to 

the  cars  by  the  Burgesses'  corps,  and  a   concourse  of  citizens The 

river  continued  to  recede  but  very  'gradually.  From  noon  Saturday  until 
about  the  same  hour  to-day  the  water  had  fallen  only  about  eighteen 
inches,  still  leaving  a  depth  of  two  and  a  half  feet  on  the  first  floors  of  the 
warehouses  on  the  pier.  The  ice  in  front  of  the  city  yesterday  moved 
quite  a  distance,  but  the  movement  was  only  in  the  centre,  the  shore  ice 
remaining  perfectly  stationary.  This  doubtless  was  caused  by  the  wearing 
away  of  the  ice  at  the  dam,  which  was  replaced  by  others.  l)uring  Satur- 
day night  we  were  visited  by  a  rain  storm,  which  finally  changed  into 
snow.     The  streets  were  in  a  very  disagreeable  condition  yesterday,  and 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Neicsijapers.  77 

the  atmosphere  raw  and  chilly John  M.  Bradford  died  at  Chicago. 

He  was  a  son  of  the  late  Rev.  Dr.  Bradford,  of  this  city.  He  studied  his 
profession  in  Albany,  and  was  for  many  years  in  the  practice  of  law  at 
Geneva,  where  he  established  a  reputation  for  talents  and  integrity,  and 
where  he  was  greatly  esteemed.  He  had  been  for  two  years  in  declining 
health,  and  died  suddenly  from  a  fusion  of  water  in  the  chest. 

Feb.  20.  There  was  still  a  foot  in  depth  of  water  upon  the  floors  of  the 
stores  on  the  pier.  The  water  was  falliug  only  about  six  inches  in  twenty- 
four  hours.     The  crossing  on  the  ice  was  attended  with  great  risk  of  life. 

Feb.  21.  John  Skinkkle  died,  aged  91 Mary  A.  Walker,  wife  of 

Warren  S.  Low,  died,  aged  53. 

Feb.  22.  The  anniversary  of  the  birthday  of  Washington  was  cele- 
brated by  a  parade  of  the  military  and  firemen ;  and  in   the  evening  the 

rooms  of  the  Burgesses'  Corps  were  opened  for  a  public  reception 

Andrew  A.  Carriston  died,  aged  30 Annie  M.  Smith,  wife  of  Jona- 
than Brownell,  died,  aged  27. 

Feb.  23.  Margaret  Dillon  died,  aged  15 Mary,  wife  of  Amos  Starr, 

died. 

Feb.  24.  William  H.  Wayne  died,  aged  31. 

Feb.  27.  Joseph  Donnelly  died,  aged  27. 

Feb.  28.  For  two  weeks  the  traveling  public  had  been  greatly  annoyed 
by  the  breaking  up  of  the  river,  by  which  the  ice  was  wedged  in  opposite 
to  this  city  in  such  a  manner  as  to  render  crossing  over  it  quite  hazard- 
ous if  not  utterly  impossible.  This,  together  with  the  swollen  condition 
of  the  river,  compelled  those  going  east  or  south  by  railway  to  travel 
twelve  miles  out  of  their  v/ay  by  going  to  Troy.  Happily  this  annoyance 
no  longer  existed,  for  there  was  now  an  unobstructed  water  communication 
between  this  city  and  the  eastern  shores  of  the  Hudson  river.  At  an 
early  hour  this  morning  the  ice  in  the  river  opposite  to  this  city  com- 
menced moving  slowly  but  steadily,  and  before  7  o'clock  the  Bath  steam 
ferry  boat  got  up  steam  and  was  running.  As  the  line  of  the  Hudson 
river  rail  road  runs  through  that  village,  and  within  a  few  feet  of  the 
ferry  landing,  passengers  were  speedily  transferred  from  the  boat  to  the 
cars.  The  ferry  boat  has  since,  and  during  the  entire  morning,  been  ply- 
ing regularly  between  this  city  and  Bath.  The  weather  was  mild,  the 
ice  moving  away  rapidly,  and  a  great  number  of  men  in  the  employ  of 
the  rail  roads  were  assisting  nature  in  her  efforts. 

March  2.  Henry  Rowland  died,  aged  66. 

March  3.  Charlotte  A.  Hall  died,  aged  30. 

March  4.  The  ice  barrier  below  the  city  maintained  its  position.  The 
water  receded  rapidly  on  Saturday,  and  the  weather  being  mild  on  Sun- 
day the  water  last  evening  was  some  distance  below  the  carriage  way  on 
the  quay.  During  the  night  a  reaction  occurred,  and  this  morning  the 
quay  and  pier  were  partially  inundated.  It  was  doubtless  caused  in  part 
by  the  rain  which  fell  during  the  night.  During  the  morning  the  river 
continued  to  rise,  and  at  noon  the  water  was  within  a  few  inches  of 
reaching  the  first  floor  of  the  warehouses  on  the  pier.  The  westerly 
winds  will  doubtless  tend  to  drive  it  dawn,  and  our  merchants  may  not 

again  be  put  to  the  inconvenience  of  another  prolonged  freshet Owen 

T.  Gates  died,  aged  56. 

March  5.  The  docks  and  pier  were  about  three  feet  under  water ;  the 


7  8  Notes  from  the  Neivspajjers.  1861. 

atmosphere  being  quite  cool,  checked  the  inundation  begun  the  day  be- 
fore  The   Scotch   Presbyterian  Church,  corner  of  Chapel  and  Canal 

streets,  was  sold  and  converted  into  a  stable,  the  congregation  having  re- 
moved  to  their  new  church  in  Lancaster  street Othniel  W.  Edson 

died,  aged  43 Patrick  McDonough  died,  aged  40. 

March  6.  The  steam  boat  Hero,  Captain  Ilancox,  arrived  from  New 

York  at  8  o'clock  in  the  morning,  the  firstboat  of  the  season Cornelia 

E.  Swartwout  died,  aged  16. 

March  7.  The  slight  fall  of  snow  yesterday  afternoon  was  followed  by 
heavy  winds  from  the  northwest,  which  continued  throughout  the  night, 
the  atmosphere  steadily  increasing  in  severity.  This  morning  the  ther- 
mometer marked  zero,  and  the  cold  blast  had  a  freezing  effect  on  animate 
and  inanimate  nature.  The  steamer  New  World  reached  here  about  9 
o'clock  this  morning,  having  left  New  York  last  evening.  Captain  St. 
John  reported  the  passage  up  as  one  of  the  most  disagreeable  he  had  ever 
encountered  on  the  river.  The  wind  blew  almost  a  hurricane,  and  the 
extreme  coldness  of  the  atmosphere  not  only  strengthened  the  old,  but 
formed  new  and  dangerous  ice  to  cut  through.  The  river  in  front  of  this 
city  was  this  morning  covered  with  new  ice  of  greater  solidity  than  that 
formed  upon  the  close  of  navigation  last  fall,  and  experienced  boatmen  were 
of  the  opinion  that  twenty-four  hours  of  just  such  weather  as  was  ex- 
perienced last  night  will  be  sufficient  to  close  the  river.  Throughout  the 
morning  the  atmosphere  was  very  keen,  and  our  streets  presented  a  de- 
serted appearance.     Such  weather  might  be  expected  in  January,  but  is 

not  generally  looked  for  in  March Isabella   Hinkley  gave  a  concert 

on  her  return  from  Europe,  which  filled  Tweddle  Hall Anna,  widow 

of  John  Eamsey,  died,  aged  8G. 

March  8.  Elizabeth  R.  Kelderhouse,  wife  of  Augustus  Vaduey,  died, 
aged  25. 

March  11.  Sarah  Ann,  wife  of  John  W.  Chase,  died,  aged  47. 

March  12.  Bridget  Holland,  wife  of  John  Maloney,  died,  aged  32. 

March  13.  Hannah  Jane,  wife  of  John  Lee,  died,  aged  54. 

March  14.   Mrs.  Mary  Cottrell  died,  aged  77. 

March  15.  Snow  fell  to  the  depth  of  several  inches  last  night,  and  this 
morning  the  ground  was  covered  as  with  a  whitened  sheet.  The  atmo- 
sphere was  cold,  and  out  of  the  rays  of  the  sun  the  snow  did  not  melt. 

March  18.  It  was  intensely  cold  last  night,  the  wind  at  times  blowing 
almost  a  gale  from  the  northwest.  This  morning  the  thermometer  ranged 
in  the  neighborhood  of  zero.  The  river  was  covered  with  anchor  ice,  al- 
though not  sufficient  to  obstruct  navigation. 

March  19.  The  temperature  ranged  from  five  to  seven  degrees  above 
zero,  and  ice  formed  rapidly  in  the  river,  seriously  threatening  navigation. 

March  20.  Navigation  was  temporarily  suspended.  The  river  was 
covered  with  heavy  floating  ice,  which  was  extremely  dangerous.  The 
steam  boat  New  World  left  last  evening,  but  none  reached  us  from  be- 
low. The  ferry  boats  continued  to  run  regularly.  During  the  night  the 
thermometer  ranged  in  the  neighborhood  of  ten  above  zero,  and  ice  formed 
very  rapidly.     At  noon  the  temperature  had  ascended  to  27. 

March  21.  Snow  fell  during  the  morning,  and  the  river  was  closed  by 
ice  for  many  miles  below.  The  weather  continued  wintcrish  in  tempera- 
ture  Mrs.  Ellen  Dwyerdied,  aged  Gl. 


1861.  Notes  frcnn  the  Newspajpers.  79 

March  22.  For  several  days  past  the  atmosphere  was  as  keen  and  pene- 
trating as  any  experienced  during  the   winter.       Fierce  winds  from  the 
north  prevailed,  which  at  times  resembled  hurricanes.     At  their  lull  early 
yesterday  morning  asnow  storm  set  in,  which  lasted  throughout  the  day, 
the  white  flakes  coming  down  thicker  and   ftister  as  evening  approached! 
About  sunset  a  stiif  breeze  from  the  west  came  over  the  hills,  which  at 
twilight  had  increased  in   violence  and  grew  more  severe  as  night  ap- 
proached.     A  perfect  tornado   appeared  to  rage  at  times,  carrying  the 
snow  from  the  house  tops  into  the  streets,  forming  snow  drifts  that  were 
very  heavy.     Throughout  the  night  snow  continued  to  fall,  and  the  wind 
at  the  same  time  kept  up  a  terrible  howling,  making  it  the  most  severe 
and  disagreeable  night  ever  experienced  by  the  patrolman.     It  has  been 
by  far  the  mast  severe  storm  of  the  season  —  snow  fell  to  the  depth  of 
full  twelve  inches,  with  a  very  keen  atmosphere  and  high  penetrating 
winds.     During  the  height  of  the  storm,  about  7  o'clock  last  evening,  an 
alarm  of  fire  was  sounded  ]  but  the  contradictory  peal  of  the  bells  caused 
the  firemen  to  become  wild  with  excitement.    The  bells  alternately  sounded 
the  third  and  the  fourth  district,  while  there  would  be  one  bell  which 
pealed  out  an  uncertain  district  —  the  first,  third  or  fourth.     The  firemen 
ran  in  all  directions,  but  none  of  them  were  able  to  find  a  fire.     The  cause 
of  the  alarm,  as  near  as  we  can  ascertain,  was  the  burning  of  a  chimney 
on  Willett  street.     While  the  storm  was  raging  with  unabated  fury,  an- 
other alarm  of  fire  was  sounded  about  3   o'clock  this  morning.      It  was 
caused  by  the  firing  of  three  two  story  frame  dwellings  on  Mo'i-ton  street, 
near  Eagle,  that  were  unoccupied.     They  belonged  to^Reuben  11.  Thomp- 
son, and  were  entirely  destroyed.      They  must  have  been  set  on  fire,  as 
there  had  been  no  use  for  fire  in  them  for  several  months.      With  the 
break  of  day  the  storm  abated,  the  wind  ceased  blowing,  and  before  sun- 
rise the  sky  became  clearer  and  the  snow  was  not  seen  in  the  air.       The 
streets  this  morning  were  covered  with  snow  to   the  depth   of  several 
inches,  and  the  air  still  being  cold  it  wasted  away  very  slowly.     The  storm 
must  have   extended  over  a  large  section   of  country,  for  the  rail  road 
trains  due  here  last  evening  were  all  kept  behind.     The  Central  sufi'ered 
the  least  detention,  for  the  train  due  at  9:30  p.  M.  was  only  an  hour  be- 
hind.      The  trains  on   this  road  to-day  were  all  run   up  to  time.       The 
Hudson  river  train  due  here  at  10:45  P.  M.,  was  reported  as  having  left 
Tivoli  at  10  o'clock  this  morning,  and  reached  East  Albany  at  noon  to'-day. 
The  express  train  which  left  New  York  at  7  o'clock  this  morning  was  re- 
ported at  Yonkers  at  8  o'clock,  showing  conclusively  a  heavy  road  and 
slow  rail  road  traveling.     Although  there  is  less  floating  ice  in  the   river 
in  front  of  the  city  than  there  was  yesterday,  yet  from  Castlcton  down  a 
distance  of  full  forty  miles  the  ice  is  formidable,  and  in  some  places  sta- 
tionary.     The  severe  snow   storm  of  yesterday,  and  the  extreme  cold 
weather  of  the  past  three  days,  formed  a  barrier. 

^  March  24.  The  south  wind  of  the  previous  day  broke  up  the  ice  bar- 
rier which  had  formed  at  Castleton,  and  the  steam  boat  Vanderbilt  arrived 
this  day,  opening  navigation  again Hannah,  widow  of  Josiah  Sher- 
man, died  at  Naugatuck,  Conn.,  aged  83 Charles  H.  Philleo  died  at 

Red  Wing,  Minnesota,  aged  23. 

March  25.  The  atmosphere  was  unclouded,  and  the  sun  invigorating; 
po  ice  perceptible  in  the  river Dollie  Dutton,  10  vears  old,  29  inches 


80  Notes  from  the  Neimj^a'pers.  1861= 

high,  and  weighing  15  pounds,  the  tiniest  hviman  being  ever  seen,  was 

exhibited  at  Tweddle  Hall. Orville  Luther  Holley  died  after  a  short 

illness,  at  the  age  of  70.  Mr.  Holley  was  born  in  Salisbury,  Conn.,  May 
19,  1791 ;  the  eighth  child  of  a  family  of  nine,  all  of  whom  he  survived. 
Among  his  brothers  were  the  well  known  Hon.  Myron  Holley  and  Rev. 
Horace  Holley,  of  Hollis  Street  Church,  Boston,  afterwards  president  of 
Transylvania  University,  Kentucky.  Few  among  the  eminent  families  of 
Connecticut  can  present  a  more  favorable  array  of  genius,  culture  and 
moral  worth  than  his  own.  Mr.  Holley  was  a  graduate  of  Harvard  Col- 
lege, and  during  several  years  of  his  early  life  was  employed  in  the  lite- 
rary pursuits  so  congenial  to  his  nature.  He  removed  to  the  state  of  New 
York,  and  studied  law  while  yet  a  young  man,  and  practised  his  profes- 
sion successively  at  Hudson,  Canandaigua,-  and  the  city  of-  New  York, 
His  tastes  led  him  at  an  early  period  of  his  career  to  journalism,  and  he 
was  successively  editor  of  an  Anti-Masonic  Magazine.,  published  in  New 
York,  the  Troi/  Sentinel  and  the  Albans/  Daily  Advertiser.  He  superin- 
tended the  publication  of  the  New  York  Steitc  Register  for  several  years, 
and  bestowed  much  time  and  labor  on  the  arrangement  of  valuable  histo- 
rical papers  in  the  State  library.  In  January,  1838,  Mr.  Holley  was 
chosen  surveyor  general  of  the  state,  and  during  the  last  ten  years  has 
occupied  a  position  in  the  State  Hall,  connected  with  the  department  of 
secretary  of  state.  For  the  last  twenty  years  of  his  life  severe  bodily  in- 
firmities have  compelled  him  to  forego  to  a  great  extent  the  labors  of  public 
position.  His  great  solace  during  years  of  infirmity  has  been  the  literary 
studies,  by  which  he  was  most  distinguished  ;  and  his  life  of  Benjamin 
Franklin,  written  during  a  period  of  severe  suffering,  is  unequaled  as  a 
chaste  and  comprehensive  biography.  His  acquirements  in  history  were 
equaled  by  few  men  ;  he  was  a  close  student  of  medical  science ;  few 
clergymen  of  eminence  were  so  well  versed  in  theology  ;  while  his  ac- 
quj'iutance  with  English  polite  literature  was  exhaustive.  No  man  who 
has  listened  an  hour  to  his  conversation  on  topics  connected  with  general 
culture  can  forget  its  remarkable  accuracy,  richness  and  force.  We  re-, 
member  no  man  whose  conversational  powers  in  this  direction  excelled 
his  own. 

March  26.  Georgianna  A.  Todd,  wife  of  Dr.  Levi  Moore,  died,  aged  29. 

March  28.  The  shipping  portions  of  the  city  were  again  inundated,  the 
water  being  on  the  floor  of  the  warehouses  on  the  pier  to  the  depth  of  six 
inches.  This  disaster  was  brought  about  by  the  recent  heavy  snow  storm 
and  the  mild  atmosphere  and  heavy  rain  storm  of  yesterday.  Although 
not  unexpected,  it  was  of  serious  inconvenience,  and  attended  with  no 
trifling  loss  to  those  who  were  driven  from  their  places  of  business. 
During  the  morning  the  river  continued  to  rise  at  the  rate  of  an  inch  an 
hour,  though  at  noon  it  was  thought  that  the  then  prevailing  northwest- 
erly winds  would  check  the  progress   of  the  inundation  and  confine  it 

nearly  within  the  space  then  covered  with  water Mary  Ann,  widow 

of  Nelson  Salisbury,  died,  aged  37. 

March  30.  Sarah,  wife  of  George  Adams,  died,  aged  60. 

March  31.  I'etcr  Ilinson  died,  aged  42, 

April  1.  The  population  of  the  county  of  Albany  was  reported  at 
113,919,  which  was  considerably  under  the  true  figure,  no  doubt. 

April  2.  The  past  winter  was  severe,  the  earth  having  been  coverec^ 


1861.  Notes  frmn  the  Newspapers.  81 

with  snow  during  the  greater  part  of  the  three  months,  with  a  keen,  pene- 
trating atmosphere.  March  was  even  more  severe  than  either  of  the 
winter  months,  the  weather,  for  the  most  part,  being  cold  and  stormy,  ac- 
companied witla  boisterous  winds.  With  the  opening  reign  of  April  a 
snow  storm  came,  equal  to  any  that  was  experienced  during  the  winter. 
The  early  retirers  to  rest  last  night  were  surprised,  upon  awakening  this 
morning,  to  find  the  ground  covered  with  snow  to  the  depth  of  nine  inches. 
The  storm  continued  through  the  day,  and  at  night  a  foot  of  snow  had 
fallen. 

April  3.  Daniel  W.   Mills  died,  aged  68 Michael  Dower  died, 

aged  38. 

April  5.  Mary  Ann  Graham  died,  aged  62. 

April  6.  Hester  Gansevoort,  widow  of  Conrad  A.  Ten  Eyck,  died  at 
White  Hall,  aged  66. 

April  7.  George  Maseord  died,  aged  35. 

April  8.  The  proprietors  of  the  pier  memorialized  the  common  council 
on  the  subject  of  the  State  street  bridge,  which  was  destroyed  by  the 
breaking  up  of  the  river,  in  which  it  was  set  forth  that  at  the  time  of  the 
breaking  up  of  the  ice  in  the  Hudson  river,  in  February  last,  the  bridges 
across  the  basin  at  Columbia,  State  and  Hamilton  streets  were,  in  conse- 
quence of  the  opening  in  the  pier  opposite  the  foot  of  Maiden  lane,  car- 
ried away  and  destroyed.  That  the  said  opening  in  the  pier  was  made, 
not  at  the  instance  or  for  the  benefit  of  the  pier  proprietors,  but  for  the 
accommodation  of  other  interests  connected  with  the  commerce  and  other 
business  of  this  city.  That  the  original  opening  was  made  in  pursuance 
of  an  act  of  the  legislature,  passed  April  14th,  1836,  by  which  the  corpo- 
ration of  Albany  was  authorized  to  make  an  opening  between  the  State 
street  and  Columbia  street  bridges,  of  sixty  feet  in  width,  the  expenses  of 
which  opening  shall  be  assessed  and  apportioned  among  the  property 
benefitted,  by  three  commissioners  to  be  appointed  for  that  purpose  by 
the  governor  of  this  state ;  the  seventh  section  of  this  act  provides  that 
"  if,  at  any  time  thereafter,  the  said  pier,  or  any  part  thereof,  or  the  build- 
ings and  property  thereon,  or  the  bridges  crossing  the  Albany  basin, 
should  be  destroyed,  or  in  any  manner  injured,  in  consequence  of  the 
opening  hereby  directed  to  be  made  between  the  State  and  Columbia 
street  bridges,  it  should  be  the  duty  of  the  said  mayor,  alderman  and 
commonalty,  and  they  are  thereby  required  to  rebuild  such  part  thereof 
as  might  be  destroyed,  or  to  repair  the  same  if  injured,  in  a  substantial 
manner,"  and  the  expense  thereof  is  directed  to  be  assessed  and  appor- 
tioned among  the  property  benefitted,  by  commissioners  to  be  appointed 
as  aforesaid.  By  another  act  passed  April  20th,  1841  (Laws  of  1841, 
chap.  113,  page  80),  the  said  mayor,  aldermen  and  commonalty  were  di- 
rected to  cause  the  said  opening  to  be  enlarged  to  the  width  of  not  less 
than  one  hundred  and  twenty-six  feet,  the  expense  of  which  was  to  be 
apportioned  by  commissioners  in  the  same  manner  as  above  mentioned. 
By  the  7th  section  of  this  latter  act,  the  same  provision  substantially  as 
that  contained  in  the  act  of  1836  was  reenacted,  making  it  the  duty  of  the 
city  to  rebuild  and  repair  the  bridges  in  case  of  their  destruction  or  injury 
in  consequence  of  the  original  or  of  the  enlarged  opening,  with  a  proviso, 
however,  that  no  part  of  the  expense  should  be  assessed  against  or  charged 
upon  any  property  upon  said  pier.      By  another  act  passed  April  11th, 

JlisL  Coll,  a.      '  11 


82  Notes  from  tlie  Neiospapers.  1861. 

1849  (sess.  laws  of  1849,  chap.  429,  page  589),  the  said  mayor,  akler- 
men  and  commoualty  were  authorized  to  make  a  further  enlargement  of 
said  opening,  and  in  pursuance  of  this  act  it  was  enlarged  to  its  present 
width.  By  the  4th  section  of  this  act,  the  said  7th  section  of  the  act  of 
1841  is  reenacted  and  made  applicable  to  the  enlarged  opening  thus  di- 
rected to  be  made,  with  the  modification  only  that  the  said  commissioners 
shall  be  appointed  b}?^  the  mayor's  court  instead  of  being  appointed  by 
the  governor.  Your  memorialists  are  advised,  and  believe,  that  by  the 
acts  of  the  legislature  above  referred  to,  the  duty  of  rebuilding  the  bridges 
which  have  been  destroyed  as  aforesaid,  is  clearly  imposed  on  the  city, 
and  your  memorialists  believe  that  your  honorable  body  will  agree  with 
them  in  the  opinion  that  the  immediate  reconstruction  of  these  bridges 
is  imperatively  demanded  by  the  interests  of  our  citizens  generally,  and 
especially  by  the  interests  of  that  portion  of  them  whose  business  is  con- 
nected with  the  pier  and  basin.  Your  memoi'ialists  therefore  respectfully 
ask  that  your  honorable  body  will  take  the  earliest  practicable  action  in 
the  premises,  so  as  to  cause  the  said  bridges  to  be  rebuilt  without  delay. 

Abraham  F.  Lansing  died,  aged  77.     He  had  been  librarian  of  the 

Young  Men's  Association  for  nearly  a  quarter  of  a  century Edward 

Halpin  died,  aged  19. 

April  9.  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer  Jr.,  died  in  New  York,  aged  37. 
He  was  buried  from  the  Manor  House  on  the  11th. 

April  10.  Peter  Cure  Cheney  died,  aged  35. 

April  11.  Miss  May  Snowdon,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  Cincinnati,  0. 
Bridget  McCann  died,  aged  75. 

April  12.  Mary  Kerker  died,  aged  61 Margaret  Russell  died,  aged 

21 ..Bridget  Mahar  died,  aged  73. 

April  14.  War  was  the  great  topic  of  the  day,  and  active  measures 
were  taken  to  raise  volunteers  to  put  down  the  rebellion  of  the  southern 
states. 

April  17.  The  rain  storm  which  set  in  yesterday  morning  lasted  through- 
out the  day,  and  during  the  night  turned  into  snow.  This  morning  the 
ground  was  covered  to  the  depth  of  several  inches  with  snow,  making  the 

streets  and   sidewalks   very    unattractive    to  pedestrians Joanna    P. 

Armsby,  wife  of  Dr.  Alden  March,  died,  aged  62. 

April  19.  There  was  such  a  demand  for  hunting  that  the  price  doubled, 
and  many  patriotic  people  were  forced  to  resort  to  any  thing  that  could 
be  made  to  imitate  stripes,  for  flags.  Flag  staflfs  were  erected  upon  public 
and  private  buildings,  and  the  city  never  presented  such  a  gay  appear- 
ance  James  Merrifield  died  in  New  York,  aged  40. 

April  20.  Fannie,  wife  of  Nicholas  Rull,  died,  aged  64. 

April  21.  Mary  L.  Coates,  wife  of  Thomas  Trainor,  died. 

April  22.  About  1  o'clock  this  afternoon  the  25th  regiment,  under 
command  of  Col.  Bryan,  left  the  armory  and  were  escorted  to  the  Hudson 
river  ferry  boat  by  the  entire  fire  department  of  the  city,  under  command 
of  Chief  Engineer  McQuade,  and  Company  B,  Capt.  Ainsworth.  The 
march  through  Eagle,  State  street  and  Broadway  was  a  complete  ovation. 
The  streets  were  densely  packed  with  human  beings,  and  the  houses  and 
house-tops  were  lined  with  our  citizens.  Cheer  after  cheer  rent  the  air, 
and  at  times  the  wildest  excitement  pervaded  the  dense  assemblage. 
From  the  windows  the  ladies  waved  their  handkerchifs,  while  from  the 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Neiospcvpers.  83 

tops  of  houses  guns  and  pistols  were  fired  amid  the  vociferous  cheers  of 
the  spectators.  The  regiment,  on  their  march  to  the  cars,  halted  in 
front  of  Stfinwix  Hall,  on  Broadway,  for  the  purpose  of  receiving  the  flag 
from  Mrs.  Mayor  Thacher.  The  street  was  densely  crowded,  and  after 
quietness  had  been  restored  Mayor  Thacher  came  forward  and  spoke. 
Upon  Mrs.  Thacher  delivering  the  flag  over  into  the  hands  of  the  stand- 
ard bearer,  the  band  struck  up  the  star  spangled  banner,  amid  the  vo- 
ciferous cheers  of  the  vast  multitude.  Col.  Bryan,  in  behalf  of  the  regi- 
ment, accepted  the  flag.  Immediately  after  the  presentation  of  the  flag 
the  regiment  resumed  their  line  of  march,  and  as  they  flanked  into  Maiden 
lane  the  wildest  excitement  ensued.  Cheer  after  cheer  reverberated 
through  the  street,  and  the  soldiers  left  the  city  amid  the  booming  of  ar- 
tillery  The  old   Albany   Republican  Artillery,  which  had  served  in 

two  wars,  now  numbered  104.  Among  the  veterans  was  Capt.  John  Cook, 
who  had  served  in  the  war  of  1812  and  in  Mexico.  He  came  back  with 
the  loss  of  an  arm. 

April  23.  Charles  A.  Harvey  died,  aged  24. 

April  24.  Daniel  D.  Barnard  died,  aged  68.  Mr.  Barnard  had  for 
more  than  thirty  years  occupied  a  prominent  position  in  this  state.  He 
was  born  in  Berkshire  county,  Mass.,  and  graduated  at  Williams  College  in 
1818.  Thus  early  he  gave  promise  of  a  distinguished  future.  He  was  admit- 
ted to  the  bar,  in  the  city  of  New  York,  in  1821.  Soon  afterwards  he  removed 
to  Rochester,  and  was  elected  district  attorney  of  Monroe  county  in  1825. 
In  1836  he  was  elected  to  congress  from  the  Monroe  district,  and  served  to 
the  close  of  the  session  of  1829.  Mr.  Barnard  soon  afterwards  removed  to 
this  city,  where  he  at  once  took  rank  among  the  most  eminent  members  of 
the  legal  profession.  In  1838  he  was  elected  to  the  assembly  from  this 
county,  and  was  subsequently  elected  to  congress,  thrice  in  succession  — 
from  1 839  to  1845.  His  commanding  ta!ents,  as  a  lawyer  and  debater,  gave 
him  a  leading  position  in  congress,  which  he  occupied  with  eminent 
fidelity  and  usefulness.  In  1850  Mr.  Barnard  was  appointed  minister  to 
the  court  of  Berlin,  where  he  rendered  efiective  service  to  the  cause  of 
religious  liberty  by  being  prominently  instrumental  in  securing  withheld 
rights  to  the  previously  persecuted  baptists  in  Germany.  Since  his  return 
from  diplomatic  service  Mr.  Barnard  has  taken  but  little  part  in  public 
afi'airs.  His  leisure  was  passed  with  his  books  and  friends ;  and,  with  them, 
life's  evening  glided  quietly  away Richard  Barry  died,  aged  18. 

April  30.  D.  H.  Beyo  died. 

May  I.  The  Museum  building  was  nearly  destroyed  by  fire John 

Wachter  died,  aged  45 Anthony  Blanehard  died  at  Salem,  Washing- 
ton county,  aged  60. 

May  2.  The  building  on  the  southeast  corner  of  State  street  and  Broad- 
way, together  with  the  two  houses  adjoining,  were  rapidly  being  torn  down 
to  give  place  to  more  substantial  structures.  During  the  war  of  1812  in 
the  old  corner  was  a  drug  store,  kept  by  Jacob  Mancius,  and  in  the  rear 
of  it,  in  a  room  seven  by  nine,  was  kept  the  city  post  office.  Mr.  M.  had 
only  one  clerk  in  his  employ,  who  attended  the  drug  store  and  to  the 
opening  and  puttir.g  up  of  mails,  and  the  delivery  of  letters  and  papers. 
During  the  season  of  river  navigation  sail  vessels  brought  the  mails  to 
and  from  New  York.     In  the  winter  they  were  conveyed  by  land  carriage. 


84  Notes  frmii  the  Newspapers.  1861. 

The  post  office  was  a  one  horse  concern,  but  then,  as  now,  everybody  was 
anxious  to  learn  the  latest  war  news. 
May  3.  John  V.  Bailey  died,  aged  39. 

May  4.  Thomas  Kellett  died,  aged  35 Elizabeth,  wife  of  Thomas 

Warnham,  died,  aged  37. 

May  5.  The  corner  stone  of  St.  Aloysius's  Hall  was  laid  in  JeflFerson 
street,  with  appropriate  ceremonies. 

May  6.  There  were  about  thirty-one  hundred  soldiers  quartered  in  this 
city,  of  which  fifteed  hundred  were  stationed  at  the  Industrial  school  bar- 
racks, and  the  remainder  at  the  several  rendezvous  in  the  city.  Some 
of  the  companies  comprising  Gen.  Townsend's  regiment  had  taken  posses- 
sion of  the  new  building  west  of  the  Industrial  school,  and  those  in  the 
course  of  erection  in  the  vicinity  were  calculated  to  a'^Drd  abundant  quar- 
ters for  the  entire  regiment.  The  officers  at  this  posr,  were  Gen.  John  F. 
Rathbone,  commanding;  Capt.  Richard  M.  Strong;  Capt.  James  McKowu, 
acting  assistant  adjutant  general ;  Col.  Charles  Strong  and  Benjamin  F. 
Baker,  quartermasters  ;  Dr.  Swinburne,  surgeon,  and  Dr.  Hoff,  examin- 
ing surgeon.  The  barracks  were  under  strict  military  law,  and  the  guard 
duty  was  performed  by  Company  B,  Capt.  Ainsworth,  and  the  Albany 
Zouaves. 

May  7.  At  a  meeting  of  the  common  council  the  following  officers  were 
appointed  for  the  ensuing  year  :  Clinton  Cassidy,  city  attorney ;  Martin 
Delahanty,  clerk  of  common  council;  Bartholomew  Judge,  city  marshal; 
Dr.  Thomas  Smith,  alms  house  physician  ;  W.  L.  Osborn,  overseer  of 
the  poor;  Wm.  C  Birmingham,  clerk  of  city  superintendents;  Wm.  T. 
Wooley,  inspector  of  weights  and  measures;  Reuben  H.  Bingham,  city  sur- 
veyor ;  James  Brown,  assistant  city  surveyor. 

May  8.  Elias  Classen  died Matthew  Brown  Jr.  died,  aged  31. 

May  9.  A  new  liberty  pole  was  erected  at  the  intersection  of  State 
street  and  Broadway.     The  flag  staff"  was  130  feet  high. 

May  11.  The  Bank  of  Albany  failed  ;  its  capital,  ^500,000,  was  a  total 
loss,  and  60  per  cent  besides  was  called   for  from  its  stockholders  to  pay 

its  liabilities.     It  was  the  oldest  bank  in  the  state  but  one David  Bur- 

hans,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Bethlehem,  aged  88. 

May  14.  The  flag  was  raised  upon  the  liberty  pole  in  State  street  with 
the  ceremony  of  firing  of  cannon,  prayers,  singing  and  speeches Jo- 
seph Cain  died,  aged  50. 

May  15.  Margaret  Drought  died,  aged  27 Erastus    Hills   died, 

aged  75. 

May  16.  Sophronia  E.  Witherell  died,  aged  20. 

May  17.  The   weather  was  cold  enough  to  render  overcoats  a  comfort. 

Harmon  Ten  Eyck  died,  aged  68. 

May  18.  The  Bank  of  the  Capitol,  with  a  paid  up  capital  of  8519,000, 
closed  its  doors  and  went  into  liquidation.  The  suspension  of  this  bank, 
locking  up  about  $200,000  in  its  savings  bank,  created  a  panic  among  the 

depositers  in  other  banks,  and  there  was  a  rush  upon  them  for  money 

Michael  Gill  died Colonel  Townsend's  regiment  left  for  the  seat  of 

war. 

May  19.  Abraham  Sickles,  long  known  as  an  efficient  officer  of  the 
city  police,  died,  aged  81. 

May  21.  The  Bank  of  the  Interior  suspended  payment. 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  8  5 

May  22.  Helen  E.  Burroughs,,  wife  of  Theodore  V.  Van  Heusen,  died, 

aged  26 .Eleanor  Gray,  wife  of  Stephen  B.  Congdon,  died Mary 

Thomas,  widow  of  Amos  Walker,  died,  aged  60. 

May  23.  The  National  Bank  closed  its   doors,  and  decided  to  go  into 

liquidation^  the  fourth  bank,  and   the  last,  that  failed Mrs.  Ellen 

Howe  died,  aged  26 Laura  Fuller,  wife  of  F,  J.  Hosford,  formerly  of 

Albany,  died  at  Brooklyn. 

May  24.  Oliver  Steele  died,  aged  61. 

May  25.  Halsey  Woodruff  died,  aged  80 John  Murphy  died,  aged 

26 Henry  Gardner,  of  Co.  A,  Albany  Republican  Artillery,  died  at 

Washington,  aged  26. 

May  27.  The  ramains  of  Col.  Ellsworth,  killed  at  Alexandria,  reached 
this  city  by  the  steam  boat,  and  were  conducted  to  the  Capitol  in  the  morn- 
ing. The  obsequies  will  form  an  era  in  our  local  history.  As  a  pageant, 
nothing  more  imposing  has  been  witnessed  for  many  years.  The  funeral 
cortege  must  have  occupied  at  least  fifteen  minutes  in  passing  down  State 
street,  while  the  side-walks,  the  house  tops  and  windows  were  thronged 
with  spectators.  The  remains,  after  lying  in  state  at  the  Capitol  until  9 
A.  M.,  were  conveyed  to  their  final  resting  place  at  Mechanicsville. 

May  80.  Temperature  so  lov/  as  to  require  the  use  of  overcoats  in  the 
open  air,  and  of  fires  in  the  house. 

May  31.  John  Sheridan  died,  aged  22 G.  T.  Bratt  died,  aged  78. 

June  4.  The  flags  of  the  city  were  all  at  half  mast  as  a  mark  of  respect 
to  Senator  Douglass,  whose  death  was  recent. 

June  5.  Jacob  Fredenrich  died,  aged  57. 

June  7.  Jane  Foot,  wife  of  L.  Stuart  Rose,   died,   aged   29 .Mrs. 

Azubah  Helme  died,  aged  63 Philip   Gorman,  aged  50,  fell  dead  in 

the  street  while  attending  a  funeral. 

June  8.  Eveline  Best,  wife  of  M.  Campbell,  died,  aged  48. 

June  17.  Eliza,   wife  of  F.  Hoag,  died,  aged  40. 

June  19.  Capt.  William  T.  Wooley,  of  the  25th  regiment,  died  at 
Washington,  aged  34. 

June  20.  Sergt.  W.  C.  Cady,  killed  at  the  battle  of  Great  Bethel,  Va., 
was  buried  from  the  Arbor  Hill  M.  E.  Church.  The  remains  were  en- 
closed in  a  metalic  colfin,  which  was  completely  covered  with  flowers,  and 
at  the  foot  lay  the  stars  and  stripes.  The  religious  services  were  of  the 
most  impressive  character.  The  church  was  crowded  to  its  utmost  ca- 
pacity, and  the  deepest  feeling  was  manifested  by  all  present.  The  Zouave 
Cadets,  Capt.  Van  Vechten,  acted  as  military  escort  to  the  tomb,  accom- 
panied by  Schreiber's  band.  The  members  of  the  Arbor  Hill  Young 
Men's  Association  followed  as  mourners.     The  remains  were  deposited  in 

the  vault  on  State  street A  laborer  named  Patrick  Gleason,  aged  22, 

while  weeding  a  barrow  of  staves  on  board  the  barge  Inspector,  lying  in 
the   river  just  above  Columbia  street,  made  a  misstep  and  fell  into  the 

river.     Before  assistance  was  rendered   he  was  drowned Mary  Ray 

died. 

June  25.  Elizur  Kirkland  died,  aged  66 John  Black  diedatBall- 

ston,  aged  44 John  Coleman  died,  aged  60. 

June  26.  Gilbert  L.  Wilson,  treasurer  of  the  New  York  Central  rail 
road,  threw  himself  from  the  third  story  of  his  residence  and  was  taken 
up  in  an  insensible  condition  ;  his   legs  were  found  to  be  broken,  blood 


86  Notes  from  the  Neimpapers.  1861. 

■was  oozing  from  his  ears.  He  had  been  very  much  depressed  for  some 
time  past,  by  reason  of  losses  sustained  in  his  private  affairs  from  changes 
in  the  value  of  property  ;  while  he  had  long  been  a  sufferer  from  dyspepsia. 

June  28.  Maria  Eliza,  wife  of  Harvey  Wendell,  died,  aged  29. 

June  30.  Jane,  wife  of  Henry  Latour,  died,  aged  58 David  Black 

was  found  dead. 

July  1.  An  extraordinary  comet  suddenly  appeared  with  great  bril- 
liancy, puzzling  the  astronomers  to  identify  it Gilbert  L.  Wilson  died. 

July  2.  The  body  of  a  man  was  found  drowned  in  the  pond  on  Arbor 

Hill,  between  Clinton   avenue  and  First  street Peter  Adams  died, 

aged  23. 

July  3.  The  steamer  New  World  sunk  on  her  trip  up,  about  18  miles 
below  the  city Julia  Ann  Azier  died,  aged  28. 

July  4.  The  usual  celebration  of  the  day  took  place Henry  Cran- 

nell  died,  aged  49. 

July  5.  The  passenger  and  freight  depots  of  the  Western  rail  road  were 
burnt  about  7  o'clock  in  the  evening ;  loss  about  ^500,000.  Several  per- 
sons were  dangerously  injured,  and  William  Fairchilds  died  of  his  inju- 
ries. 

July  7.  0.  J.  Shaw  died  at  Portsmouth,  N.  H.,  aged  48.  Mr.  Shaw 
was  known  to  most  of  our  citizens  chiefly  as  a  teacher  and  composer  of 
music.  Those  only  who  knew  him  best  can  estimate  rightly  his  scholarly 
tastes,  his  rare  simplicity  of  character,  his  warm  and  genial  social  dispo- 
sition —  the  excellencies  which  captivated  —  while  his  musical  acquire- 
ments and  ability  commanded  respect. 

July  9.  Patrick  Kennedy  died,  aged  38. 

July  10.  William  W.  Matthews  died,  aged  46. 

July  12.  Charlotte  Pemberton  died,  aged  40. 

July  13.  Mary,  wife  of  Jeduthan  Loomis,  died,  aged  41. 

July  14.  Sarah,   wife  of  Thiel  Batchelder,   died,  aged    74 Mary 

Scott  died  at  Norwalk,  Conn.,  aged  84,  60  years  a  resident  of  Albany. 

July  15.  Elizabeth,  widow  of  Robert  Todd,  died. 

July  15.  Ellen  G.  Forby  died. 

July  17.  Adeline  Mitchell  died  in  Lansingbnrgh James  Hodgens 

died,  aged  18 Hannah  Clinch,  widow  of  G.  V.  S.  Bleecker,  died. 

July  18.  The  corner  stone  of  the  State  Street  Presbyterian  Church  was 

laid Paul  Hefiirhearn  died,  aged  35 Dr.  Thomas  Foster  Phillips 

died,  aged  61. 

July  19.  The  rain  and  hail  storm  was  very  severe  in  this  city  and  vi- 
cinity, and  serious  damage  was  done  by  the  hail.  For  upwards  of  half 
an  hour  the  rain  fell  in  torrents,  pouring  down  hail  as  large  as  ordinary 
sized  walnuts.  The  wind  blew  a  gale,  and  at  times  the  lightning  was 
very  sharp.  From  the  Capitol  westward  to  the  half  way  house,  on  the 
Schenectady  road,  the  storm  was  severely  felt.  Trees  were  blown  down 
and  the  crops  destroyed.  Fields  of  cabbages  were  riddled  as  if  volleys  of 
musket  balls  had  been  fired  upon  them.  One  of  the  largest  trees  on  the 
road  to  the  alms  house  was  severed  to  the  roots,  and  hundreds  of  younger 
ones  cut  off  as  if  severed  by  an  axe.  The  storm  gave  much  employment 
to  glaziers,  for  many  public  and  private  buildings  suffered  by  the  de- 
destruction  of  glass.  Almost  every  light  of  glass  in  the  windows  facing 
the  west  in  the  Penitentiary,  Industrial  School  building,  Insane  Asylum 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Neiuspapers.  87 

and  the  Alms  House  were  broken.  At  West  Albany  the  hail  came  down 
in  showers,  and  after  the  storm  had  partially  subsided  the  ground  was 
covered  with  them,  and  likened  unto  a  snow  storm.  The  flag  staff  on  the 
Tenth  District  School  House,  on  Washington  avenue,  was  struck  by  light- 
ning, and  the  pole  shattered,  but  no  material  damage  was  done  to  the 
building. 

July  20.  Mrs.  Sarah  M.  Olin,  aged  59,  was  killed  by  being  thrown 
from  a  carriage. 

July  21.  Polly  Flemings,  sister  of  the  late  Abraham  Sickels,  died, 
aged  91 John  Strain  died,  aged  23. 

July  24,  John  Waterson,  orderly  sergeant  Co.  A,  18th  regiment,  died, 
aged  23. 

July  25.  Johannah  Dorothea  Christina  Wasserback  died,  aged  74. 

July  26.  David  P.  Winne  died,    aged  37 Hugh  C.  Lamb  died, 

aged  24. 
"July  27.  Sarah  Dunn,  wife  of  Thomas  Fisher,  died,  aged  30. 

July  28.  The  25th  regiment  returned,  and  were  received  by  an  im- 
mense crowd.  Preparations  had  been  made  to  escort  them  to  the  armory, 
but  the  mass  of  people  that  crowded  upon  them  for  recognition,  at  times 
completely  stopped  the  procession.  The  regiment  had  not  been  in  any 
engagement  during  its  absence. 

July  29.  Mrs.  Ellen  Johnston  died,  aged  64. 

July  30.  The  body  of  James  Leahy  was  found  in  the  basin ;  he  had 
been  missing  since  the  27th, 

July  31.  A  German  named  Turner,  aged  70,  was  found  dead  on  the 
side  walk  in  Cherry  street. 

Aug.  1.  Sarah  Catharine  Dutton,  wife  of  John  B.  Holt,  died,  aged  22. 

Aug.  2.  Daniel  McAllister  died,  aged   70 Baynton  W.  Knowlson 

died,  aged  38. 

Aug.  4.  The  25th  regiment  was  called  out  to  be  mustered  out  of  service. 
About  4  o'clock  they  marched  from  the  armory  to  the  Capitol  park,  where 
they  were  met  by  Capt.  Sedgrave,  of  the  United  States  army,  who  was 
detailed  for  the  service,  but  the  money  not  being  on  hand,  all  the  compa- 
nies except  the  Worth  Guards  and  Burgesses  Corps  refused  to  be  mustered 
out.  They  were  told  that  the  company  muster  rolls  would  have  to  be  sent 
to  Washington  for  revision  before  payment,  but  the  men  could  not  under- 
stand this,  and,  under  the  impression  that  they  would  have  a  stronger 
claim  on  the  government  for  their  just  dues  if  not  mustered  out  until 
paid,  they  refused  to  submit  to  the  ceremony,  and  marched  back  to  the 
armory. 

Aug.  5.  The  Ptev.  Dr.  Pitkin  left  the  city  for  the  East  Indies For 

the  past  two  days  the  weather  was  uncomfortably  warm  ■ —  by  for  the 
warmest  of  the  season.  On  Saturday  and  Sunday  the  thermometer  ranged 
from  94  to  97  in  different  localities,  and  last  night  the  heat  was  very  op- 
pressive. To-day  the  weather  was  quite  warm,  although  the  mercury  in 
the  thermometer  did  not  range  as  high  as  it  did  yesterday  or  the  day  be- 
fore.    Yet  it  was  what  the  farmers  call  smart  corn  growing  weather 

Catharine  Sherlin,  wife  of  John   Kerr,  died,  aged  40 John   Butler 

died  suddenly. 

Aug.  6.  Lewis  R.  Gregory  died,  aged  46 Mrs.  Anna  Chester  died 

in  New  York.     Dr.  C.  H.  Carrell  died  at  Pensacola.  Florida ;  formerly  a 


88  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1861. 

student  of  medicine  with  Dr.  Jolm  Swinburne.  At  the  time  of  his  death 
he  was  acting  in  the  capacity  of  assistant  surgeon  in  the  fleet  off  Pensa- 
cola.  He  was  a  graduate  of  the  College  of  Physicians  and  Surgeons  of 
New  York  ;  for  a  term  resident  physician  of  the  Children's  hospital  of  that 
city,  and  subsequently  resident  physician  at  Bellevue  hospital. _ 

Aug.  8.  Rhogenia  Baumis,  wife  of  Nathaniel  Adams,  died  in  Bethle- 
hem, aged  57. 

Aug.  10.  Mary,  wife  of  John  A.  Smithezer,  died,  aged  57. 

Aug.  12.  Mrs!^  Paulina  Wright  died,  aged  63. 

Aug.  14.  Edward  MeCarty  died,  aged  29. 

Aug.  15.  T.  Lawler  died  of  a  fall  upon  the  pavement. 

Aug.  16.  Elenor  Herner  died John  Percill  died  of  grief,  because 

his  only  son  enlisted  and  went  away. 

Aug.  18.  Adam  Westfall,  aged  27,  was  found  dead ;  supposed  to  have 

committed  suicide John  L.  Crew  died,  aged  19. 

Aug.  19.  Catharine  L.  Kline,  wife  of  George  A.  Rankin,  died,  aged  35. 

Aug.  20.  Louise,  wife  of  Prof.  0.  M.  Mitchell,  died Andrew  J. 

Murtaugh  died,  aged  19. 

Aug.  22.  George  0.  Merrifield  died,  aged  46.  He  was  a  native  of 
this  city,  and  occupied  an  honorable  place  among  its  citizens.  His  amia- 
ble and  gentle  deportment  secured  to  him  friends  in  all  classes.  He 
started  the  cabinet  business,  in  a  small  way,  in  early  life,  and  by  industry, 
honesty  and  perseverance  he,  with  his  partner,  Mr.  Wooster,  had  placed 
themselves  about  at  the  head  of  that  business  in  this  city.  A  year  ago 
he  had  a  severe  attack  of  bleeding  at  the  lungs.  From  that  time  he  has 
gradually  failed  in  health.  About  three  months  ago  he  became  aware 
that  it  was  necessary  for  him  to  arrange  his  temporal  affairs,  feeling  that 
his  life  in  this  world  was  near  to  an  end.  About  six  weeks  ago  he  got 
all  his  business  in  good  shape,  and  settled,  and  had  nothing,  in  a  pecuniary 
point  of  view,  to  disturb  his  mind.  He  had  long  been  a  devoted  ('hristian, 
and  in  that  respect  was  at  peace  with  his  God.  After  getting  his  busi- 
ness settled,  in  company  with  his  wife,  he  went  about  eighteen  miles  to  a 
quiet  place  in  the  country,  where  he  remained  four  weeks,  hoping  to  im- 
prove his  health,  and  returned  home  last  Monday,  but  no  better  in  health. 
On  Thursday,  at  half  past  12  o'clock,  he  departed  this  life,  it  is  presumed 
at  peace  with  God,  at  peace  with  the  world,  and  deeply  mourned  by  an 
aged  mother,  wife  and  four  children,  and  a  large  circle  of  relatives  and 
acquaintances. 

Aug.  24,  William   McGowan    died,    aged   20 Ellen    Sands  died, 

aged  28. 

Aug.  26.  Jane  Muckle  died,  aged  65. 
Aug.  27.  William  Cook  died,  aged  36. 

Aug.  29.  Rachel,  wife  of  Alonzo  Crosby,  died,  aged  74 Eliza,  wife 

of  Noah  St.  John,  died,  aged  49 Abraham  Myers  was  found  dead  in 

the  Lumber  district... Benjamin  Yates  senior   died  at  Staten  Island, 

aged  74. 

Aug.  30.  Aaron  L.  Hamburger  died,  aged  57. 

Aug.  31.  Jenet,  wife  of  David  Ramsey,  died,  aged  64 Catharine 

Cavanagh  died,  aged  79 Charles  Coates  died  in  Brooklyn. 

Sept.  1.  Angelica  Bogart,  wife  of  Gen.  George  Talcott,  died,  aged  72. 
Sept.  3.  Much  excitement  existed  in  some  localities,  occasioned  by  the 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  89 

death  of  a  servant  girl  at  Stanwix   Hall,  and   the  sickness  of  another,  an 

epidemic  being  feared ;  nothing  less  than  yellow  fever William  C. 

Locherty  died,  aged  61. 

Sept.  5.  Cornelia  Ann,  wife  of  L.  B.  Palmer,  died,  aged  33. 

Sept.  7.  Angeline  Rebecca  McChesney  died,  aged  16. 

Sept.  9.  Robert  Simpson  died,  aged  69. 

Sept.  10.  Lemuel  B.  Bailey  died,  aged  56 Margaret  Coyley  died, 

aged  22 Eleanor,  widow  of  Stephen  Higgins,  died,  aged  70. 

Sept.  11.  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Sickman  died,  aged  93. 

Sept.  12.  John  Kinsley  died,  aged  27. 

Sept.  15.  Lawrence  B.  Vrooman  died,  aged  66. 

Sept.  16.  Soon  after  6  o'clock  p.  M.  the  43d  regiment  of  volunteers, 
under  command  of  Col.  F.  S.  Vinton,  wheeled  from  Washington  avenue 
into  State  street,  under  escort  of  two  companies  attached  to  the  People's 
Ellsworth  regiment,  and  Schreiber's  band.  They  embarked  on  a  barge  in 
tow  of  the  McDonald.  All  along  the  streets  through  which  the  regi- 
ments passed  immense  crowds  of  people  had  collected,  and  cheer  after 
cheer  rent  the  air  in  honor  of  the  brave  defenders  of  our  country's  flag. 
The  men  embarked,  and  supper  having  been  prepared  for  them  on  the 
boats,  partook  of  it  heartily,  and  about  7  o'clock  bid  adieu  to  old  Albany, 
amidst  the  most  vociferous  cheering  from  the  thousands  of  spectators  who 
had  collected  on  the  wharves  to  witness  their  departure  and  bid  them 
God  speed Helen,  wife  of  Henry  Murphy,  died,  aged  61. 

Sept.  19.  Robert  Townsend,  having  off'ered  his  services  to  the  govern- 
ment, was  immediately  put  in  command  of  the  Harriet  Lane,  and  left  the 
city  this  day  for  his  vessel. 

Sept.  20.  Adam  Van  Aernam  died,  aged  28. 

Sept.  22.  Jessup  Townsend  died,  aged  71. 

Sept.  23.  The  friends  of  Samuel  Streeter,  the  old  colored  preacher, 
were  informed  that  he  was  sufi"ering  from  what  would  probably  prove  a 
fatal  disease;  —  that  his  wife  was  approaching  imbecility,  and  that  they 
were  in  great  temporal  want. 

Sept.  2-1.  At  the  annual  election  of  officers  of  the  First  Great  Western 
Turnpike  Company,  the  following  were  chosen  directors  for  the  ensuing 
year  :  Directors  —  Jacob  H.  Ten  Eyck,  W.  C.  Miller,  J.  TaylerCooper, 
Robert  H.  Pruyn,  Robert  J.  Hilton,  Stephen  Groesbeeck,  James  D.  Was- 
son,  Peter  McNaughton,  Andrew  E.  Brown,  Angelo  Ames,  Cornelius  Ten 
Broeck,  Richard  Van  Rensselaer,  J.  V.  L.  Pruyn.  Inspectors — Rich. 
V.  De  Witt,  E.  J.  Miller Patrick  Ryan  died. 

Sept.  25.  Fast  Day  had  a  very  strict  secular  observation.  Never  be- 
fore have  we  seen  a  more  thorough  closing  of  places  of  business.  It 
looked  like  Sunday  in  Broadway  and  State  street.  Even  the  hawkers 
and  butchers  were  compelled  to  yield  to  the  popular  feeling  and  vacate 
the  street  after  10  o'clock  —  the  usual  religious  service  hour.  During 
the  afternoon  there  was  but  little  movement,  and  in  the  evening  the  streets 
were  almost  deserted  —  scarcely  an  individual   being  seen  out  after  10 

o'clock River  men  had  now  as  much  business  as  they  could  turn  their 

hands  to  and  forward  as  rapidly  as  promised.  Both  the  up  and  down  freights 
were  enormous,  and  every  river  craft  was  brought  into  service.  The 
current  rates  to-day  to  New  York  are  8c.  on  flour  3c.  on  wheat,  22C.  on 
corn  and  barley,  2c.  on  oats,  and  SI  per  ton  on  tonnage  property.     These 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  12 


90  Notes  from  the  Neivs;papers.  1861. 

prices  will  prevail  until  Monday  next,  when  a  further  advance  will  be 
established  here  of  2c.  upon  flour,  and  ^c.  upon  all  kinds  of  grain,  as 
previously  agreed  upon  by  all  the  fowarders.  Freights  on  the  canal  are 
now  handsomely  paying  fowarders  and  boatmen,  and  are  stimulating  the 
latter  to  extra  exertions  in  getting  to  tide  water  as  speedily  as  possible. 

Sept.  27.  Soon  after  sundown  quite  a  strong  southerly  breeze  sprang  up, 
which,  as  evening  advanced,  appeared  to  increase  in  violence  until  it  assum- 
ed the  character  of  a  violent  gale.  When  night  had  fairly  set  in  the  howl- 
ing winds  became  powerful,  rocking  frail  tenements  on  the  hill  tops  in 
the  city,  to  their  foundations,  and  making  the  chimneys  of  the  more  stately 
mansions  to  fairly  groan  and  some  of  them  to  topple.  It  was  during  "  the 
witching  of  night,"  when  ghosts  are  supposed  to  roam,  and  "when  church 
yards  yawn,"  that  the  gale  assumed  its  most  terrific  force.  It  was  then 
as  violent  as  any  previously  experienced  —  fully  equal  to  that  which 
occurred  some  eight  years  ago,  but  not  so  destructive  to  property.  Dur- 
ing the  gale  the  air  was  balmy,  but  in  gusts  it  was  powerful  and  terrific. 
Awnings  were  torn  to  shreds,  chimneys  blown  down,  and  bricks  scattered 
like  chafi'  before  the  wind  ;  trees  were  shorn  of  their  branches  —  some  of 

them  were  uprooted,  while  others  were  laid  prostrate  upon  the  earth 

Thomas  Goldwait  died  at  Fort  3IcHenry,  of  typhoid  fever. 

Sept.  28.  Kev.  P.  McCloskey,  pastor  of  St.  John's  church,  died  aged 
55.  He  had  sufi'ered  from  attacks  of  a  dropsical  character,  for  several 
years,  and  it  was  by  one  of  these  attacks  that  the  good  man  was  finally 
taken  to  his  rest.  His  death  has  carried  mourning  into  thousands  of 
households  ;  for  few  men  have  ever  more  beautifully  magnified  their  ofiice, 
in  all  the  duties  of  counselor,  benefactor,  pastor  and  priest,  than  Father 
McCloskey.  His  flock  recognized  in  him  the  thoughtful  shepherd,  who 
cared  for,  and  sympathized  with  them,  in  all  their"  trials,  and  who  was 
ever  ready  to  comfort  and  cheer  them  in  their  hours  of  suffering  and  sor- 
row. Father  McCloskey  was  educated  at  Georgetown  College,  Md.,  and 
entered  upon  the  sacred  duties  of  the  priesthoo'd  in  1833.  He  was  sta- 
tioned at  Schenectady  for  twelve  years,  and  came  to  this  city  fourteen 
years  since,  where  he  has  served  with  great  acceptance  and  usefulness. 

Sept.  29.  Jacob  Ray  died  in  the  street  of  apoplexy,  aged  28. 

Oct.  1.  William  H.  Wood  died,  aged  30. 

Oct.  2.  Hugh  Hendrick  died  suddenly Almira,  wife  of  Levi  Phil- 
lips, died  at  Williamsburgh,  Mass.,  aged  60. 

Oct.  4.  Absalom  Townsend  died,  aTged  75. 

Oct.  G.  The  friends  of  Capt.  Wm.  L.  Vanderlip,  of  Company  G,  Ells- 
worth Ilegiment,  presented  him  with  a  sword,  sash,  belt,  and  other  equip- 
ments.    The  address  was  made  by  Justice  Parsons.     Capt.  V.  responded 

briefly,  and  was  followed   by  Dr.  Seelye,  who  spoke  at  some  length 

James  Scott  died,  aged  22. 

Oct.  7.  Stewart  Coulter  died,  aged  42 Sarah  Smith,  wife  of  Charles 

L.  Pease,  died. 

Oct.  8.   Cornelia,  wife  of  Isaac  Kent,  died,  aged  42 Francis  Joseph 

Stevenson  died,  aged  2(3 .John  JJunn  died,"tiged  17. 

Oct.  11.  Mary,  wife  of  William  Feily,  died,  aged  44. 

Oct.  12.  James  (Jray  died,  aged  64 Jane  McKembly,  wife  of  Pat- 
rick Doyle,  died,  aged  28. 

Oct.  14.  The  Ellsworth  regiment  made  a  parade,  which  was  witnessed 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Neimpa])ers.  91 

by  an  immense  concourse  of  people.  They  made  an  imposing  appearance, 
and  went  through  the  manual  and  various  evolutions  in  a  very  creditable 
manner.  The  loading  and  firing  especially  by  companies,  platoons,  and 
by  the  entire  line,  was  admirably  done,  and  elicited  great  applause.  At 
the  close  of  the  parade  a  newly  invented  battery  was  brought  on  the  field, 
—  truly  a  terrible  instrument  of  destruction.     It  consists  of  five  guns,  and 

will  discharge  sixty  balls  a  minute Caleb  Willis  Sauford  died  in  New 

York,  aged  32. 

Oct.  17.  Mary,  widow  of  Isaac  Van  Buskirk,  died,  aged  79. 
Oct.  18.   Ceremony  of  the  presentation  of  a  sword  and  other  articles  to 
Lieut.  Col.  Rice,  of  the  44th  or  Ellsworth  regiment,  at  the  house  of  A. 

McClure  Esq.     The   presentation  was  made  by  Mrs.  Emily  Barnes 

On  Sunday  night  we  had  the  first  visitation  from  Jack  Frost.  The  old 
fellow  pinched  pretty  sharply.  Our  farmers  long  since  expected  his  com- 
ing, they  were  prepared  for  him,  and  of  course  no  injury  has  been  sustain- 
ed. This  is  the  first  time  since  1835  that  frost  has  delayed  so  late  in 
the  season.  On  that  year,  the  first  white  frost  fell  on  the  1st  of  Novem- 
ber. The  weather,  however,  continued  very  pleasant,  until  the  21st  day 
of  the  month,  when  it  suddenly  turned  around  cold,  and  in  three  days' 
time  the  river  was  frozen  over Charles  C.  Crandall,  formerly  of  Al- 
bany, died  at  Peoria,  111.,  aged  19. 

Oct.  20.  James  Hennessey  died,  aged  30 Charles  Utter  died,  aged 

22. 

Oct.  21.  The  Ellsworth  regiment,  consisting  of  picked  men,  left  the 
barracks  for  the  south.  When  the  centre  of  the  regiment  was  opposite 
the  house  of  Hon.  Erastus  Corning,  the  line  was  halted  to  receive  the 
regimental  banner  from  the  hands  of  Mrs.  Corning.  It  was  very  elegant, 
and  when  put  into  the  hands  of  the  standard  bearer  it  was  received  with 
enthusiastic  cheers  by  the  regiment.  The  ceremony  was  deeply  interest- 
ing. While  the  gun  squad  of  the  Burgesses  Corps  were  firing  a  parting- 
salute  in  honor  of  the  Ellsworth  regiment,  one  of  their  number,  Sergeant 
Charles  F.  Clapp,  was  very  seriously  injured  by  the  discharge  of  the  can- 
non. He  had  placed  the  cartridge  in  the  piece,  when  his  attention  was  called 
from  the  gun,  and  in  an  instant  after  he  was  blown  ten  or  twelve  feet. 
He  was,  in  fact,  carried  over  the  planking  of  the  dock,  and  fell  on  the 
deck  of  a  canal  boat  lying  beside  the  dock.  He  was  picked  up  and  carried 
into  a  saloon  near  by,  and  medical  attendance  at  once  obtained.  It  was 
found  that  the  injuries  sustained  were  on  the  left  hand  and  arm,  the  thumb 
being  broken,  the  fleshy  part  of  the  hand  badly  lacerated,  the  smaller 
bones  of  the  wrist  badly  fractured,  and  that  the  larger  bones  of  the  arm 
above  the  wrist  and  near  the  elbow  were  also  broken.  His  attending 
physicians  were  Drs.  P.  P.  and  C.  P.  Staats. 

Oct.  23.  Egbert  Dumont  died,  aged  32 William  Fuhr  died,  aged 

78 Patrick  Curran  died,  aged  60. 

Oct.  24.  Snow   squall,  first  of  the  season Sarah,  wife  of  Stephen 

Storm,  died,  aged  67. 

Oct.  25.  A  stranger  named  Thomas  Davidson,  on  his  way  from  the 
east  for  Toronto,  took  passage  on  the  Northern  rail  road,  but  before  the 
train  started  it  was  discovered  that  he  was  too  weak,  from  illness,  to  pro- 
ceed. He  was  taken  to  the  Exchange  Hotel,  where  he  was  kindly  cared 
for,  and  recovered  so  far  as  to  give  his  name  and  tell  that  his  object  in 


92 


Notes  from  the  Nev^spapers. 


1861. 


traveling  was  to  see  his  mother,  who  lived  in  Toronto.     The  next  morning, 

however,  he  was  found  dead  in  his  bed Franklin  Austin  died,  aged  23. 

Oct.  26.  The  Havelock  Company  was  mustered  into  service  under  Capt. 
Von  Puttkamer Hon.  John  I.  Slingerland  died,  aged  57. 

Oct.  29.  Samuel  E.  DeyErmaud  died,  aged  33. 

Oct.  30.  Sarah  Beals  died,  aged  70 Michael  Kirby  died,  aged  43. 

Oct.  31.  Bridget  Doran  died,  aged  56. 

Nov.  1.  The  city  finances  for  the  year  ending  this  day  are  exhibited  in 
the  following  table  : 

Expenses. 

City  "Water  Works, $22,784  40 

City  Water  Debt  interest  ac- 
count,   51,000  00 

Alms  House, 28,791  48 

Assessments  for  streets  and 

drains, 9,893  71 

City  Poor, 18,669  42 

Contingents,  44,070  35 

Police   Department, 40,781  64 

Fire  Department, 20,807  21 

District  Schools, 53,809  82 

Interest, 41,648  46 

City  Hall 4,666  80 

Court  of  Special  Sessions, ...  100  00 

Police  Court, 3,450  00 

City  Debt, 20,000  00 

Street    Contingents, 16,294  63 

Markets, 1,204  08 

Ferry, 08  05 

Surveyor's  Office, 1,892  44 

Justice's  Court, 2,972  67 

Printing  and  advertising,...  2,719  42 

Redemptions, 108  57 

Salaries,  9,900  00 

Industrial  School, 118  55 

County  of  Albany, 5,266  78 

Elections,  2,028  87 

City  Lamps, 22,036  75 

Wells  and   Pumps, 1,228  00 

Costs  on  assessments, 69  00 


Income. 

City  Water  Works, $82,680  23 

Alms  House, 617  59 

Assessments  for  streets  and 

drains, 8,857  35 

City  Poor, 687  15 

Contingents, 15,811  06 

Police  Department, 68  81 

Fire  Department, 396  68 

District  Schools 18,187  28 

Interest 12,906  12 

Court  of  Special  Sessions,..  785  50 

Police   Court, 1,628  00 

848  31 

49  54 

342  43 

838  50 

2,250  00 

75  00 


3  57 
61  00 


Eents  and  quit  rents,... 

Street  Contingents, 

Commutations, 

Markets, 

Ferry,  

Surveyor's  Office, 

Justice's  Court, 1,417  62 

Redemptions, 179  27 

Bonds  and  mortgages, 2,949  00 

Real   estate, 762  56 

Dividends, 200  00 

City  Taxes, 225,547  69 

County  of  Albany, 40,766  97 

City  Lamps, 

Costs  on  assessments, 

First  Company  Great  West- 
ern Turnpike, 143  60 

$419,060  83 

$427,506  10 

Andrew  Cunningham,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Rochester,  aged  42. 

Nov.  3.  The  ladies  of  Dr.  WyckolF's  church  presented  him  with  a  silver 

pitcher   on   the  25th   anniversary  of  his   pastorate The  rain  storm 

which  set  in  on  Saturday  morning  continued  that  day  and  until  after  mid- 
night, when  the  wind  commenced  blowing  a  gale,  and  increased  in  vio- 
lence as  night  advanced.  About  three  o'clock  this  Sunday  morning  the 
blow  was  very  severe,  but  not  equal  to  that  which  passed  over  this  city  a 
few  weeks  since.  The  storm  soon  after  abated.  It  is  said  that  within  a 
circuit  of  fifty  miles  much  damage  has  been  done  in  the  breaking  down 
of  trees,  fences,  &c.,  while  in  this  city  we  hear  of  chimneys  toppled  over, 
roofs  partially  carried  away,  awnings  torn  to  shreds,  and  shutters  torn  from 
their  fastenings.  The  gale  was  also  very  severe  on  the  river.  The  Isaac 
Newton  encountered  the  heaviest  of  it  in  the  Highlands,  but  sustained  no 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Newsjxijjers.  93 

injury.  The  rain  storm  caused  aland  slide  on  the  Hudson  river  rail  road 
near  Sing  Sing,  which  debarred  the  up  express  train  several  hours.  The 
telegraph  line  between  this  city  and  Hudson  was  prostrated,   and   much 

damage  was  done Stephen  Henry  Haskell  died,  aged  19. 

Nov.  4.  John  Norton  Many  died,  aged  19. 
Nov.  5.  Daniel  Halpen  died,  aged  29. 

Nov.  6.  James  Rice,  of  Capt.  John  Hasting's  company,  18th  regiment, 
was  shot  while  doing  picket  duty  ;  his  age  was  17. 

Nov.  9.  The  steam  boat  Armenia  lett  on  her  last  trip ;  the  last   of  the 
day  boats. 

Nov.  11.  William  A.  Jackson,  colonel  of  the  18th  regiment  N.  Y. 
volunteers,  died  at  Washington,  of  typhus  fever,  aged  30.  The  deceased 
thus  cut  off  in  the  prime  of  life,  was  a  young  man  of  no  ordinary  promise. 
Of  an  exterior  remarkably  prepossessing,  frank,  gay  and  genial  in  tem- 
perament, gifted  with  a  bright  and  versatile  intellect,  eloquent  both  with 
tongue  and  pen,  his  early  loss  will  be  deeply  mourned  and  ,loug  felt  by 
his  numerous  friends  and  acquaintances  in  this  city.  He  graduated  with 
honor  at  Union  College  (in  which  institution  his  father  has  for  many 
years  filled  with  distinction  the  chair  of  mathematics),  in  the  summer  of 
1851,  and  soon  after  came  to  this  city  to  pursue  the  study  of  law.  After 
his  admission  to  the  bar  he  formed  a  law  partnership  with  his  relative 
General  Frederick  Townsend,  now  major  in  the  United  States  army,  which 
continued  until,  at  his  country's  call,  he  abandoned  his  profession  and  en- 
tered upon  that  of  arms.  Appointed  by  Gov.  31organ,  at  the  commence- 
ment of  the  year,  inspector  general  of  the  state,  he  held  that  office  until 
on  being  elected  colonel  of  the  18th  regiment  of  volunteers  early  in  the 
summer,  he  resigned  it.  He  was  immediately  afterwards  ordered  to 
Washington  with  his  regiment,  where  he  has  been  ever  since  actively  en- 
gaged, until  prostrated  by  his  last  illness,  in  the  duties  of  his  new  posi- 
tion. At  the  battle  of  Bull's  Run  he  behaved  with  gallantry  and  credit 
to  his  state,  and  in  the  final  retreat  brought  his  regiment  off  the  field  in 
good  order.  As  a  soldier,  though  not  having  the  advantage  of  experi- 
ence, he  nevertheless  rapidly  won  golden  opinions.  By  the  unwearied 
application  of  a  quick  and  vigorous  mind,  and  constant  and  unremitting 
attention  to  his  duties  as  a  commander  of  a  regiment,  both  in  the  camp 
and  on  the  field,  he  was  fast  learning  to  master  all  difficulties,  and  had 

already  become  a  useful  and  accomplished  officer George  Traver  died 

aged  58. 

Nov.  16.  Margaret  Vosburg  died John  Forby  died,  aged  73. 

Nov.  18.  There  was  a  large  gathering  at  Tweddle  Hall  to  witness  the 

presentation  of  a  military  outfit  to  Lieut.  Col.  Henderson Rev.    Syl- 

vanus  Reed,  the  first  pastor  of  the  Church  of  the  Holy  Innocents,  resigned 

the  rectorship,  which  he  had  held  twelve  years Anna  E.  Plumb  "wife 

of  Rev.  S.  J.  Dorsey,  died  at  Ripley,  Chautauque  county,  N.  Y. 
Nov.  19.  Ann,  wife  of  Patrick  Murphy,  died,  aged  68. 
Nov.  20.  Capt.  James  Wilson  died,  aged  47. 

Nov.  22.  Mary,  widow  of  Rev.  John  M.  Bradford,  died Dr.  James 

M.  McAllister  died  in  Philadelphia. 

Nov.  24.   Mary,  wife  of  Henry  Wilsay,  died,  aged  41. 
Nov.  26.  Sarah,  widow  of  Philip  Vanderlip,  died,  aged  69. 

Nov.  27.  John  Smith   Harrison   died,    aged  39 Susan,   widow  of 

Thomas  Towusine,  died,  aeed  35. 


94  Notes  frmn  the  Newspapers.  1861. 

Nov.  28.  Maria,  wife  of  Hugh  Owens,  died,  aged  37. 

Dec.  1.  The  first  winter  month  entered  upon  its  mission  with  icy  chills. 

Dec.  2.  Eliza  C,  wife  of  Gideon  Shepherd,  died,  aged  41. 

Dec.  3.  Both  the  river  and  canal  were  partially  obstructed  with  form- 
ing ice,  and  the  skating  park  was  in  fine  order.  What  a  delicious  day, 
too,  it  was  !  The  sun  shone  as  if  kissing  the  brow  of  June,  and  the  air 
was  balmy  as  the  breath  of  flowers,  and  the  skating  world  of  Albany  was 
out.  So  great  was  the  mob  that  the  managers  were  carried  nearly  off 
their  feet.  In  the  first  place,  Mary  Ann  (so  a  dashing  youth,  with  a  hat 
like  a  soup  plate,  and  the  tip  of  a  nose  peeping  through  a  moustache,  in- 
formed me),  was  there.  She  wore  a  green  plaid  skirt  and  a  black  inverted 
wash  bowl,  with  a  wreath  of  black  feathers.  "  And  a  confounded  nice 
girl  she  is,  too  !"  added  young  Moustache,  cutting  a  spread  eagle.  Then 
little  Leolina  was  there,  with  her  red  skirt.  "  That's  her,  tumbling !" 
said  the  Moustache  again,  grinning.  "  I'd  help  her  up,  only  I've  not  been 
introduced,"  and  away  he  launched  upon  the  ice,  smooth  as  a  mirror. 
And  the  little  Leolina  picked  herself  up  and  went  off  melting  into  the 
most  beautiful  attitudes.  Sarah  Jane  was  there  with  her  beau,  John 
Jones,  who  was  in  a  suit  of  brindle.  Sarah  Jane  is  stylish  —  that's  the 
word,  stylish.  She  is  tall,  and  very  expansive.  Hattie  was  there.  "  Some 
people  think  she's  handsomer  than  Mary  Ann,"  said  Moustache,  again 
dashing  up,  and  then  sculling  backwards  in  a  circle;  "but  T  don't  see 
it.  She's  good  looking,  though,  that's  a  fact !"  and,  catching  his  skate, 
he  fell  backwards  in  a  spasm  of  kicks.  And  what  a  west  at  length 
shone  !  The  sky  blazed  with  the  vivid  coloring.  A  pink  pavilion  of 
cloud  seemed  spread  by  the  angel  of  the  sunset  for  the  lustrous  advent  of 
the  crescent  moon.  And  not  till  the  dusky  twilight  was  mingling  the 
feature  of  the  frozen  landscape  did  the  blithesome  devotees  of  the  park 
seek  their  homes. 

Dec.  5.  There  was  snow  all  about  us.  At  the  north  there  has  been 
good  sleighing  for  the  past  ten  days,  and  over  in  Eensselaer  county  and 
Massachusetts  the  sleighing  is  excellent.  At  Ballston  Spa  this  morning 
the  sleighing  was  fine  —  never  better  seen  there.  The  canals  were  to 
all  intents  and  purposes  closed  for  the  season.  Ice  formed  upon  them 
sufficiently  strong  to  bear  persons  skating.  Between  twenty  and  thirty 
boats  were  frozen  in  between  here  and  Schenectady.  The  steamer 
New  World,  which  left  New  York  last  evening,  came  through  in  good 
season,  landing  her  passengers  here  at  6  o'clock  this  morning.  She  en- 
countered anchor  ice  for  a  distance  of  fifty  miles,  reaching  from  Bristol  to 
this  city,  some  of  which  were  quite  formidable,  being  full  an  inch  in 
thickness.     Since  sunrise  there  has  been  a  gradual  softening  down  of  the 

atmosphere,  and  the  ice  is  fast  melting  away Margaret,  wife  of  James 

Bennett,  died,  aged  53. 

Dec.  6.  An  explosion  of  gas  in  a  house   corner  of  Lydius   street  and 

Broadway,  by  which  one  person  was    killed   and   several   injured 

Thomas  Smith  died,  aged  58 Abby  Eaton,  wife   of  Peter  Putman, 

died,  aged  4G. 

Dec.  7.  Charles  E.  Woolverton  died,  aged  39 Charles  C.  Williams 

died,  aged  Gl. 

Dec.  8.  Navigation  of  the  canal,  which  was  impeded  and  almost  en- 
tirely obstructed  by  the  ice  which  formed  the  early  part  of  last  week,  was 


1861.  Notes  from  the  Neivsjxijjers.  95 

resumed  again.     The  mild  weather  caused  the  ice  to  disappear,  and   the 

boats  were  struggling  to  get  through James  Vane  died,  aged  39 

Charles  E.  Billow  died,  aged  35. 

Dec.  9.  For  the  past  three  days  the  river  has  been  shrouded  with  a 
fog  so  dense  as  to  render  navigation  very  dangerous,  if  not  impossible. 
On  Saturday,  in  New  York,  the  ferryboats  could  only  be  run  at  intervals, 
and  even  then  it  was  attended  with  great  hazard.  On  account  of  the  fog 
the  steamer  Isaac  Newton  did  not  leave  her  dock  in  that  city  until  2 
o'clock  Sunday  morning,  and  consequently  she  did  not  reach  here  until  4 
o'clock  yesterday  afternoon.  Again  this  morning  the  fog  on  the  river 
was  quite  dense,  rendering  it  difficult  for  even  the  ferry  boats  to  run. 
The  river  was  entirely  free  of  ice,  and  navigation  as  free  as  in  midsum- 
mer  Susannah  C,  wife  of  John  L.  Staats,  died,  aged  70 Julia  K. 

Babcock  died,  aged  59. 

Dec.  10.  Mrs.  Lucina  Scovill  died,  aged  73 Sarah,  wife  of  John 

Wakefield,  died,  aged  53. 

Dec.  11.  Elizabeth  McWilliams  died,  aged  78. 

Dec.  12.  Mary  Hartuug,  convicted  of  the  murder  of  her  husband,  was 
discharged  by  Judge  Wright,  after  a  long  imprisonment. 

Dec.l3.  Dollie  Dutton,  the  littlest  of  little  folks,  was  at  Tweddle  Hall. 
Although  lOii  years  of  age,  her  weight  was  but  15  pounds;  yet  well 
formed,  of  pleasing  features  and  address Emma  Cooper  died;  aged  17. 

Dec.  15.  Elizabeth  Van  Hovenburgh  died,  aged  75. 

Dec.  17.  Harmanus  Bleecker  Jr.  died,  aged  69. 

Dec.  18,  John  L.  Wendell  died  at  Hartford,  Conn.  Judge  Wendell 
was  for  many  years  a  resident  of  this  city.  In  February,  1823,  he  was 
elected  first  judge  of  Washington  county,  which  office  he  held  until 
April,  1825,  shortly  after  which  he  came  to  this  city.  On  the  appoint- 
ment of  Esek  Coweu  to  the  office  of  circuit  judge,  in  1828,  Judge 
Wendell  was  appointed  reporter  of  the  supreme  court  and  court  of  er- 
rors, which  position  he  held  until  the  year  1842,  when  he  was  succeeded 
by  the  late  Nicholas  Hill.  Judge  Wendell  then  went  to  New  York, 
where  he  resided  with  his  daughter,  Mrs.  Robert  B.  Minturn,  and  subse- 
quently removed  to  Hartford,  where  he  died  at  a  ripe  old  age Morgan 

Lewis  died,  aged  48. 

Dec.  19.  Caroline   Goffe,  wife   of  Charles  Angus,  died,  aged  46 

John  H.  Perkins,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Washington. 

Dec.  20.  The  91st  regiment  left  the  barracks  for  the  seat  of  war,  under 

the  escort  to  the  boat  of  Capt.  Cuyler  Van  Vechten's  Cadet  Zouaves c. 

Mrs.  Hartung  was  again  arrested  and  sent  to  jail. 

Dec.  21.  The  cold  snap  of  last  night,  together  with  the  recent  high 
winds,  tended  to  impede  river  navigation.  This  morning  the  river  in 
front  of  the  city  was  covered  with  what  boatmen  call  dangerous  anchor 
ice,  and  the  stiff  northwesterly  winds  had  blown  the  water  down  to  so  low 
a  mark  as  to  render  it  difficult  for  laden  boats  to  float  over  the  bar  at 
Castleton.  At  high  water  this  morning  the  steamer  New  World  was 
aground  on  the  bar. 

Dee.  22.  During  portions  of  the  day  ice  was  stationary  in  front  of  the 
city.  The  wind,  however,  changed  to  the  south,  and  the  atmosphere  was 
several  degrees  warmer.  In  the  evening  a  snow  storm  set  in,  and  during 
the  night  several  inches  of  snow  fell Mary  Chambers  died,  aged  75. 


96  Notes  from  the  Neiuspapers.  1861. 

Dee.  23.  Tte  atmosphere  was  of  a  moderate  temperature,  but  the  rain 

that  fell  congealed  upon  the  walks Maria  Jacobsen  died,  aged  89. 

Dec.  24.  The  steam  boats  grounded  upon  the  bars,  the  water  being  at 
the  lowest  point  reached  this  year.  The  New  World  lay  upon  the  Coey- 
mans  bar;  the  Isaac  Newton  on  Shad  island  bar,  about  two  miles  above, 
and  the  Constitution  a  short  distance  above  the  Newton.  Here  they  be- 
came immovable  from  the  quantity  of  ice  that  gathered  around  them,  and 
were  in  a  very  precarious  position.  They  passed  the  Christmas  holiday 
in  these  tight  places.  It  was  several  days  before  they  were  got  into  safe 
winter  quarters  in  the  neighborhood. 

Dec.  25.  The  river  was  now  closed  to  navigation,  the  ferries  alone  keep- 
ing a  channel  open. 

Dec.  26.  The  thermometer  at  8  o'clock  this  morning  stood  8  degrees 
below  zero  —  a  good,  healthy  winter  atmosphere.  This,  together  with 
fine  sleighing,  imparted  to  the  streets  a  lively  appearance.  The  flying 
steed,  the  jingling  bells,  the  creaking  snow,  and  the  merry  laugh,  re- 
minded of  the  return  of  the  good  and  happy  times  of  sleigh  riding.  The 
ferry  boats  were  still  running,  and  the  steam  tugs  with  their  tows  having 
all  reached  their  destination,  the  freighting  business  was  successfully 
brought  to  a  close. 

Dec.  27.  Eliza  A.  Clarke,  wife  of  Henry  H.  Van  Dyck,  died,  aged  53. 
Dec.  30.  The  Lumber  Trade  of  All  any  during  the  year  1861  partook 
of  the  depression  of  all  kinds  of  business  not  connected  with  army  sup- 
plies or  foreign  demand.  In  the  spring  sales  were  made  at  fair  prices  ; 
but  when  the  mammoth  dimensions  of  the  rebellion  were  realized  in  the 
summer,  the  amount  of  building  was  sensibly  decreased,  the  demand  was 
light,  and  prices  fell  below  cost  of  production  on  many  kinds  of  lumber. 
Small  quantities  were  sold  for  the  ordinary  wants  of  the  country ;  but 
the  principal  demand  was  for  foreign  ports,  stimulated  by  low  prices. 
This  sustained  the  market  and  enabled  dealers  to  sell  down  very  close, 
the  comparatively  .small  receipts  of  the  season  leaving  the  stock  on  hand 
less  than  for  many  years.  The  receipts  of  lumber  for  1861  were  down 
138,000,000  feet  less  than  in  the  previous  year,  but  shingles,  square  tim- 
ber and  staves  were  about  the  same.  The  following  table  exhibits  the 
receipts  at  Albany  during  the  years  named  : 

Boards  and  Shingles,  Timber,  Staves. 

Scantling,  ft.  M.                    C.  ft.  lbs. 

1850 216,791,890  34,226               28,832  150,51.5,280 

1851 260,238,003  34,186  110,200  115,087,290 

1852 317.135,620  31,636  201,714  107,961,289 

1853 393,726,073  27,586               19,916  118,066,750 

18-54 311,571,151  24,003               28,909  135,805,091 

1855 245,921,652  57,210              24,104  140,255,285 

1856 223,345,545  36,899              14,533  102,548,492 

18-57 180,097,629  70,104              85,104  153,264,629 

18-58 267,406,411  31,823  119,497  135,011,817 

1859 291, ■571,762  48,756               70,381  114,570,503 

I860 301,022,600  41,222               46,888  148,735,369 

1861 162,9-52,527  31,782              44,754  143,784,471 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  97 

The  following  table  exhibits  the  valuation  of  the  receipts  during  the 
years  named  : 

Boards  and  Scantling.      Shingles.  Timber.  Staves. 

1850 $3,251,878  $119,791  $4,325  $677,319 

1851 4,119,568  121,524  19,010  546,655 

1852 5,495,960  110,726  52,509  507,418 

1853 6,299,617  99,585  3,386  569,600 

1854 4,985,139  86,981  6,649  611,123 

1855 4,426,589  228,840  4,854  631,149 

1856 3,573,529  129,147  2,616  461,468 

1857 2,881,560  248,515  15,218  689,691 

1858 4,412,205  111,383  20,314  540,047 

1859 4,887,177  170,646  11,965  458,282 

1860 5,042,128  144,277  7,971  594,942 

1861 2,729,454  111,237  7,697  575,138 

Although  there  has  been  a  very  considerable  decrease  in  receipts  and 
valuation  at  Albany,  yet  they  are  larger  than  at  any  other  point,  and  the 
superior  facilities  here  afforded  for  receiving  and  shipping  still  maintains 

for  her  the  position  of  the  largest  lumber   market  in  the  world Dr. 

John  H.  Trotter  died,  aged  49 Addison  J.  Fellows  died  at  Hall's 

Hills,  Va.,  of  typhoid  fever,  aged  22. 

1862. 

Jan.  1.  The  midnight  gun  announced  the  departure  of  the  old  and  the 
advent  of  the  new  year  —  a  custom  that  for  nearly  a  century  has  been 
kept  up  in  many  of  the  provinces  of  Europe,  and  which  is  gradually 
being  instituted  in  this  country  as  a  marked  feature  by  our  German  citi- 
zens. From  midnight  until  the  day  dawned  the  firing  of  artillery  and 
the  explosion  of  powder  kept  the  uneasy  sleeper  in  remembrance  of  the 
dawn  of  a  new  year.  The  day  was  ushered  in  mild  and  pleasant.  Al- 
though the  sun  was  for  a  time  hid,  the  genial  breeze  from  the  south  wafted 
over  the  city  rendered  out  door  walking  pleasant.  Call  making  com- 
menced early,  and  was  kept  up  with  considerable  zest  until  the  storm 
drove  the  callers  into  close  quarters.  About  noon  the  volunteers  sta- 
tioned at  the  barracks  started  from  their  quarters  with  a  view  of  giving 
our  citizens  an  opportunity  of  seeing  how  a  regiment  of  soldiers  looked 
decked  out  in  their  winter  uniform.  The  military  consisted  of  the  76th 
regiment  (Colonel  Green),  the  93d  regiment  (Major  Butler),  and  Captain 
Von  Puttkammer's  artillery  company.  On  their  march  through  the 
city  they  halted  at  the  Capitol,  and,  upon  Gov.  Morgan  appearing  at  the 
south  door,  each  regiment,  in  turn,  saluted  the  commander-in-chief.  Re- 
suming their  march,  and,  after  passing  through  several  streets,  they  came 
to  the  Delavan  House,  where  the  order  was  given  to  halt.  Upon  coming 
to  a  rest  the  volunteers  called  lustily  for  Col.  Mulligan,  who  obeyed  the 
summons  and  spoke  to  them  at  some  length.  After  paying  their  respects 
to  some  citizens  the  volunteers  returned  to  the  barracks.  While  social 
calling  and  the  renewal  of  acquaintances  were  being  carried  on  in  the 
city,  hundreds  upon  hundreds  of  boys  and  girls,  men  and  women,  were  to 
be  seen  amusing  themselves  upon  the  river  —  some  of  them  whirling 
about  on  skates,  and  others  flying  over  the  ice  in  frail  vessels  borne  on- 
ward by  the  winds.  Among  this  mottly  multitude  there  was  to  be  seen 
quite  a  number  of  females  —  some  of  whom  were  not  only   called  good, 

Hist.  Cotl.  a.  13 


98  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

but,  by  the  proficient,  scientific  skaters.  As  the  day  advanced  the  genial 
breeze  of  the  south  was  felt  as  well  upon  the  river  as  in  the  city;  While 
the  snow  in  the  streets  was  rapidly  wasting  away,  blackening,  rendering 
riding  upon  runners  irksome,  the  ice  on  the  river  became  covered  with 
water,  rendering  skating  unpleasant.  Neither  the  callers  nor  the 
skaters  were  to  be  driven  off  by  the  frowns  of  nature,  for  they  kept  up 
o'oin'^  and  coming,  some  till  the  dark  clouds  began  to  roll  up  from  the 
west,  warning  them  to  seek  a  shelter,  while  others  tarried  until  the  tornado 
burst  upon  us.  The  setting  of  the  sun  was  followed  by  a  change  of  wind 
from  the  south  to  the  west,  accompanied  by  a  short  but  copious  shower  of 
rain.  During  the  evening  and  most  of  the  night  the  winds  roared,  and 
at  times  the  gusts  were  so  violent  as  to  do  trifling  injuries  to  houses  on 
the  hills.  During  the  evening  calling  was  attended  with  danger  to 
life  and  limb,  and  many  who  neglected  to  make  their  calls  during  the 
day  did  not  venture  out  of  their  houses  in  theevening Nancy  Jacob- 
son,  wife  of  John  H.  Gardner,  died,  aged  56. 

Jan.  2.   Maggie  J.   Carley   died,   aged  17 Annie   Coates,   wife  of 

Charles  Snell,  died,  aged  25. 

Jan.  3.   Gerrit  Y.  Lansing  died,  aged  79.     Mr.  Lansing  was  a  son  of 
the  late  Abraham  G.  Lansing,  of  this  city,  well  known  in  the  early  polili- 
cal  history  of  the  state,  who,  among  other  public  posts,  held  that  of  state 
treasurer  in  the  year  1803,  and  again  in  1810.     His  mother  was  a  daughter 
of  Abraham  Yates  Jr.,  a  gentleman  who  was  prominently  identified  with 
our  revolutionary  history,  having,  among  other  official  positions,  held  that 
of  president  of  the  provincial  congress  of  New  York,  and  mayor  and  re- 
corder of  Albany.      His  uncle,  John   Lansing  Jr.,  was  a  member  of  the 
constitutional  convention  of  this  state  in  1788,  a  delegate  from  this  state 
to  the  convention  which  formed  the  constitution  of  the  United  States,  and 
afterwards  chancellor  of  this  state.     The  subject  of  this  notice  was  born 
in  this  city  in  the  year  1783.     He  graduated  at  Union  College  about  the 
year  1 800,  then  read  law,  and  was  admitted  to  the  bar  about  the  year  1806. 
Mr.  Lansing  had  at  various  periods   held  many  public  offices  and  trusts. 
He  was  clerk  of  the  assembly  of  1807.     In  1816  he  was  appointed  judge 
of  the  court  of  probate,  which  office  he  held  until  it  was  abolished  by 
the  constitution  of  1821.     He  represented  the  Albany  district  in  congress 
from  1831  to  1837.     In  1829  he  was  appointed  by  the  legislature  one  of 
the  regents  of  the  university,    and  in  1849  was  elected  chancellor  of  the 
board,  which  office  he  held  at  his  death.     In  addition   to  these  public 
trusts,  Mr.  Lansing  had  been  a  director  of  many  corporations  closely  con- 
nected with  the  business  of  the  city,  and  had  frequently,  in  middle  life, 
been  a  member  of  our  common  council.     At  the  time  of  his  death  he  was 
president  of  the  Albany  Insurance  Company  and  of  the  Albany  Savings 
Bank.     It  is  hardly  necessary  to  say  to  those  who  know  anything  of  the 
history  of  our  city,  that  Mr.  Lansing  was  of  the  old  Holland  stock.     He 
inherited,  in   a  marked  manner,    the   virtues  and  characteristics  of  his 
ancestry.      Simple  in  his   habits,  just  in   his   dealings,   true  in   all  the 
relations  of  life,  he  passed  through   a   long  course  of  years,   doing  his 
duty  in  all  his  relations   to  society  without  fear  and  without  reproach, 
leaving  a  memory  to  be  respected  by  all  who  knew  him,  and   beloved  by 
an  endeared  family  circle....  ..Catharine  Magee,  wife  of  Adam  McMenamy, 

died,  aged  35. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  99 

Jan.  4.  The  Hudson  river  rail  road  ferry  boat  was  laid  up  yesterday 
afternoon,  and  tte  Boston  rail  road  boat  last  evening.  The  ice  on  the 
river  is  now  very  strong,  being  from  eight  to  ten  inches  in  thickness  and 
very  solid.  With  the  exception  of  a  small  space  opposite  to  the  foot  of 
Herkimer  street,  it  is  safe  to  cross  the  river  within  sight  of  the  city,  even 
with  laden  vehicles.  A  plank  roadway  has  been  constructed  on  the  ice, 
leading  from  the  pier  to  the  Hudson  river  rail  road  depot,  with  the  requi- 
site bridges  at  both  termini.  Another  rcadway  will  be  laid  on  Monday 
from  the  foot  of  Maiden  lane  to  the  Boston  depot.  When  this  is  completed 
there  need  be  no  detention  for  passengers  or  freight  on  either  side  of  the 
river.  There  was  really  superb  skating  on  the  river.  Notwithstanding 
the  severity  of  the  atmosphere  this  morning,  there  was  a  goodly  number 
of  skaters  on  the  ice,  including  a  few  females.  A  few  sail  boats  on  run- 
ners were  to  be  seen  flying  before  the  wind,  but  those  who  manned  the 
boats  found  it  rather  cold  work. 

Jan.  5.  A  snow  storm  set  in  at  night,  which  afiforded  good  sleighing. 

Jan.  6.  The  carnival  at  the  Van  Rensselaer  skating  park  in  the  evening 
was  well  attended,  and  the  skaters  merry.  What,  with  the  brilliant  array 
of  head  lights  in  the  centre  of  the  park,  and  the  general  illumination 
around  it,  the  occasional  bursting  of  rockets  and  other  pyrotechnic  dis- 
plays at  various  points,  the  enlivening  music  by  the  band,  the  wholesome 
winter  atmosphere  out  of  doors,  and  the  good  cheer  provided  by  Blake 
within,  there  was  nothing  left  to  be  wished  for  save  that  rude  Boreas, 
blustering  railer,  would  cease  when  so  many  ladies  are  out  skating. 

Jan.  8.  Stanwix  Hall  passed  into  the  hands  of  Francis  Rider,  late  of 
the  St.  G-ermaine  Hotel,  New  York  ;  L.  L.  Britton  having  taken  the 
Everett  Elouse,  in  the  latter  city. 

Jan.  9.  Thomas  Kelly  died,  aged  63. 

Jan.  10.  James  Seary  was  killed  by  the  caving  of  a  bank  of  sand  upon 
him Joseph  P.  Martin  died  in  Philadelphia,  formerly  of  Albany. 

Jan.  11.  Mary,  wife  of  James  Kearns,  died,  aged  50 Dudley  I. 

Tyler  died,  aged  19. 

Jan.  15.  James  McRoberts  died,  aged  21. 

Jan.  16.  Charles  Veazie  died,  aged  42 Mrs.  Elizabeth  Bogart  died 

in  Greenbush,  aged  80 MaryA.  Guider  died,  aged  22 J.  Eugene 

Jagger  died  in  Oregon,  aged  27 Rhoda  Ann  Groesbeck,  wife  of  John 

F.  Pruyn,  died,  aged  38  ;  not  a  resident  of  the  city. 

Jan.  18.  On  Friday  a  snow  storm  set  in,  and  a  goodly  amount  fell,  and 
since  that  time  there  were  alternate  falls  of  snow  and  rain.  Upwards  of 
a  foot  of  snow  has  fallen  since  Friday  night,  clogging  up  the  roads  and 
streets,  but  not  blocking  them  up.  The  trains  on  the  Central  rail  road 
were  this  morning  in  on  time,  but  on  Saturday  night  there  was  considerable 
detention  on  the  Hudson  river,  not  so  much  from  the  quantity  of  snow 
that  had  fallen,  but  from  the  sleet  which  fell  upon  the  rails,  making  them 
slippery.     Here  there  was  much  snow  upon  the  ground,  a  larger  quantity 

than  fell  all  last  winter Elizabeth  Swarts,  wife  of  Dr.  R.  J.  Burton, 

died. 

Jan   20.   Carolines.  Ford  died William  H.  O.sborne  died,  aged  20. 

Jan.  21.   Margaret  Graham  died,  aged  74. 

Jan.  22.   Dennis  Fisher  died,  aged  28 Patrick  Tiernan   senior,  of 

Co.  G,  43d  regiment  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  died  at  Washington,  aged  56. 


100  Notes  from  the  News2M2jers.  1862. 

Jan.  25.  The  heavy  fall  of  snow,  sleet  and  rain  of  this  and  the  preced- 
ing- day,  and  the  severe  gale  which  followed  blocked  the  rail  roads  and 
put  them  all  out  of  time.  The  streets  became  almost  impassable,  and  the 
roofs  groaned  under  the  weight  of  the  snow.  Some  of  the  light  timbered 
buildings  of  the  city  could  not  stand  the  pressure,  and  those  who  neg- 
lected to  have  the  snow  removed  from  off  them  awoke  on  Sunday  morn- 
ing to  fiud  them  broken  in.  There  were  several  of  these  and  similar 
disasters  about  the  city.  ^    ,    ,. 

Jan.  26.  Encke's  and  Tuttle's  comets  were  now  visable Cathahna 

Bleecker,  widow  of  Barent  Sanders,  died,  aged  76. 
Jan.  27.  Mrs.  Pheby  Lavender  died,  aged  49. 
Jan.  28.  Amelia  Irwin  died,  aged  20. 
Jan.  29.  Marizaret  Gumming,  widow  of  Thomas  Angus,  died,  aged  78. 

Jan!  30.  John  Ireland  died,  aged  21 Michael  McGrath  died,  aged 

74 James  K.  Strathorn  died  at  Alexandria,  Va.,  of  typhoid  fever, 

aged  19. 

Feb.  1.  Thomas   Smith  Jr.  died,   aged  35 William  M.   Diamond 

died,  aged  92. 

Feb.  2.  James  Gourlay  died,  aged  91 James  M.  Rawson  died  in 

Chicago. 

Feb.  4.  At  the  annual  election  the  following  gentlemen  were  chosen 
officers  of  the  Board  of  Trade  for  the  ensuing  year  :  B.  H.  Mills,  Presi- 
dent;  T.  W.  GriflPen,  1st  Vice  President;  Jeremiah  Waterman,  2d  Vice 
President;  William  Lacy,  Recording  Secretary;  William  F.  Preston, 
Corresponding  Secretary;  George  M.  GriflFen,  Treasurer;  Charles  T. 
Smyth,  Cornelius  W.  Armstrong,  Thomas  P.  Crook,   Moses  Patten,  T. 

McCre'ady,  Reference  Committee John  Hale  died,  aged  23. 

Feb.  5.  At  the  election  of  the  Grand  Chapter  of  Royal  Arch  Masons 
of  the  state  of  New  York,  M.  E.  George  H.  Thacher,  of  Albany,  was 
elected  Grand  High  Priest ;  E.  John  0.  Cole,  Grand  Secretary  for  the 
38th  year,  and  E.  William  Seymour  Grand  Treasurer  for  the  14th  year. 

Feb.  7.  The  rain  of  last  night  and  the  mild  atmosphere  of  this  morn- 
ins;  have  given  employment  all  day  to  every  class  of  citizens.  Crowbars 
and  shovels,  pickaxes  and  hoes  were  brought  into  requisition  in  removing 
ice  and  snow  from  sidewalks  and  opening  gutters  for  the  water  to  run  off. 
Many  buildings  about  town  are  groaning  under  the  weight  of  snow  upon 
the  roofs,  and  many  of  the  laboring  class  have  been  employed  in  relieving 
them  of  the  burden.  Should  the  present  mild  weather  continue  many 
hours  our  streets  will  become  almost  impassable  from  the  slush  and  mud. 
We  have  not  for  a  long  time  seen  such  a  general  turning  out,  and  so  much 
work  accomplished  as  has  been  done  to-day.  It  was  much  needed,  for  our 
sidewalks  were  never  in  so  dangerous  a  condition  as  they  were  yesterday. 

Abram  V.  A.  Morris  died,  aged  65. 

Feb.  8.  Edward  Lansing  Fruyn  died  at  San  Francisco,  aged  19. 
Feb.  15.  Snow   in  abundance   and  to  spare,  and  still  coming.       The 
winter  not  severe,  but  the  quantity  of  snow  that  had  fallen  immense.     In 
the  narrow  streets  it  was  difficult  for  loaded   vehicles   to  move  safely  on 
account  of  the  depth  of  snow  and  the  ruts  that  had  been  formed. 

Feb.  16.  Lieut.  Col.  William  Erwin,  of  the  20th  Illinois  regiment,  was 
killed  by  a  six  pound  cannon  ball  as  he  was  gallantly  leading  his  regiment 
in  its  last  desperate  and  successful  charge  upon  the  enemy.     He  was  born 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  101 

in  this  city  in  1823  —  removed  to  Illinois  just  before  the  Mexican  war 
—  served  as  a  lieutenant  under  the  brave  Col.  Hardin — was  a  hero  at  the 
battle  of  Cerro  Gordo — had  been  in  a  great  many  fights  and  skirm- 
ishes in  Missouri,  and  died,  as  a  soldier  would  wish  to  die,  at  Fort  Donel- 
son.  He  leaves  a  wife  and  two  children  to  mourn  his  early  death.  His 
remains  rest  at  Joliet,  111.,  where  he  lived,  in  the  employ  of  the  St.  Louis, 
Alton  &  Chicago  rail  road,  when  the  present  war  broke  out. 

Feb.  17.  Gertrude,  widow  of  Josiah  Eaton,  died  at  Charlotte,  aged  76. 

Feb.  18.  Samuel  Pruyn  died,  aged  63.  Col.  Pruyn  was  one  of  our 
most  estimable  citizens.  Descended  from  a  family  which  has  been  iden- 
tified with  the  city  from  a  period  long  anterior  to  the  revolution,  no  man 
was  better  acquainted  with  its  local  history,  or  with  the  men  and  inci- 
dents of  the  past.  He  was  himself,  in  all  his  habits,  thoughts  and  asso- 
ciations, an  Albanian  —  linking  the  past  with  the  present,  and  partaking 
of  the  highest  and  noblest  qualities  of  both  periods.  While  known  to  and 
respected  by  all  our  citizens,  he  was  intimate  with  but  few ;  and  while  all 
who  knew  him  will  deplore  the  death  of  an  holiest  and  upright  citizen, 
those  intimate  with  him  will  mourn  the  loss  of  a  warm  hearted,  genial 
friend,  whose  sedate  manner  in  public  gave  but  few  tokens  of  his  kindly 
temper  and  overflowing  mirthfulness  in  the  social  circle.  Although 
greatly  absorbed  by  business  cares  from  early  manhood  —  as  merchant, 
bank  director,  supervisor,  inspector  of  the  penitentiary  from  its  inception, 
and  the  prudent  guardian  of  his  own  large  estate  —  he  devoted  many  hours 
of  every  day  to  the  careful  study  of  standard  literature.  He  was  profound 
in  chronology,  history  and  biography,  and  his  library  was  adorned  with 
many  of  the  best  and  rarest  works  in  these  several  departments. — Journal. 

He  took  great  interest  in  the  Annals  of  Alhant/^  aud  was  always  con- 
sulted on  doubtful  statements  which  had  been  gathered  from  the  journals 
of  the  day,  under  the  head  of  Notes  from  the  Newpapers,  his  memory 
and  knowledge  of  facts  being  accurate  and  reliable,  and  he  was  also  able 
to  add  much  to  those  gleanings  which  he  was  cognizant  of. 

Feb.  19.  Francis  H.  Harvey  died,  aged  17 Mrs.  Letitia  McMicken 

died,  aged  77. 

Feb.  20.  An  addition  of  five  inches  was  made  to  the  vast  body  of  snow 
which  had  ftillen  during  the  last  two  months.  The  roadways  in  the  nar- 
row streets  were  piled  up  to  the  height  of  from  three  to  four  feet,  and, 
owing  to  the  deep  ruts  in  Broadway,  laden  teams  were  compelled  to  move 
very  slowly.  The  present  was  likened  unto  the  season  of  1836,  when  our 
city  fathers  caused  the  snow  to  be  removed  from  a  large  number  of  streets, 

in  order  to  enable  vehicles  to  pass  through  them Mary,  widow  of 

Hosea  P.  Spencer  died,  aged  65. 

Feb.  21.  Margaret,  widow  of  John  Cassidy,  died,  aged  76. 

Feb.  22.  The  anniversary  of  the  birth  of  Washington  was  ushered  in 
by  the  booming  of  cannon,  and  soon  after,  upon  the  sun  arising  from  be- 
yond the  eastern  hills,  the  national  flag  floated  from  the  top  of  every  flag 
stafi",  public  building,  and  many  private  residences.  As  the  day  advanced 
other  demonstrations  of  joyous  feelings  were  manifested  throughout  the 
city,  in  which  the  old  as  well  as  the  young  participated.  Fire  arms  and 
powder  were  freely  used,  and  our  streets  soon  became  thronged  as  during 
a  4th  of  July  celebration.  At  an  early  hour  the  various  military  organi- 
zations  assembled   at   their  respective   headquarters,   aud  were    speedily 


102  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

placed  in  martial  array  tinder  tlieir  respective  commanders.  The  proces- 
sion passed  up  State  street  and  through  Washington  avenue  in  the  follow- 
ing order,  headed  by  a  detachment  of  the  police,  under  command  of 
Lieut.  Grillespie  : 

The  25th  Regiment  N.  Y   S.  M.,  Col.  Bryan. 

Cooke's  Albany  Brass  Band. 

Company   A,  Captain   Eredendall. 

"         E,         "        Huber. 

<'  R,  "         Kingsley. 

C,  "         Gray. 

"  a,  "  Mulholland. 
"  B,  "  McDermott. 
"  H,         "         Barnard, 

"         D,         "        Marshall. 
"         L,  "        Neudorf. 

10  Regiment  N.  Y.  S.  M.,  Captain  Ainsworth,  Commandant. 
Brigade  Band. 
Company  B,  Captain  Ainsworth. 
"         C,  Lieut.      Thompson. 
"         D,  Captain  Dodds. 
"         E,         "        McFarland. 
"         F,         "        Strevel. 
"         A,         "        Van  Vechten. 

The  regiments  made  the  entire  circuit  of  the  city,  passing  through  every 
street  laid  down  in  the  programme.  They  made  a  fine  appearance,  and 
were  cheered  at  various  points  on  the  march.  Their  ranks  were  well 
filled,  considering  the  numbers  that  were  absent  in  the  army.  The  fire- 
men were  not  in  line,  and  the  only  civic  association  that  followed  on  the 
left  of  the  military  was  the  time  honored  Hibernian  Provident  Society, 
who  were  out  in  full  regalia  and  carrying  the  national  ensign.  The  exer- 
cises were  held  at  Tweddle  Hall,  where  the  prayer  was  offered  by  Father 
Wadhams,  and  Washington's  Farewell  Address  was  read  by  James  Brice 
Esq.  The  carmen  had  a  procession  of  their  own,  headed  by  a  band  of 
music.  The  closing  features  of  the  day  —  the  grand  illumination  —  sur- 
passed anything  of  the  kind  ever  before  attempted  in  this  city.  Soon 
after  evening  set  in  it  became  evident  to  the  most  casual  observer  that 
extensive  preparations  had  been  made  during  the  day  for  a  brilliant  dis- 
play and  a  pretty  general  illumination.  About  8  o'clock  the  city  pre- 
sented an  appearance  of  grandeur  never  before  seen  by  human  eyes.  All 
the  public  buildings  on  Capitol  square  were  lighted  up  with  candles,  in- 
cluding the  Capitol,  State  Hall,  Academy  and  City  Hall.  Behind  each 
light  of  glass  in  each  window — front,  rear  and  sides  —  was  a  lighted 
candle,  blazing  from  the  first  floor  to  the  top  window  beneath  the  dome, 
throwing  a  ray  of  light  over  the  entire  square,  and  presenting  a  brilliancy 
that,  we  venture  to  assert,  was  not  excelled  by  any  of  our  sister  cities. 
It  reminded  us  of  the  accounts  we  have  read  of  the  lighting  up  of  St. 
Peter's  Church  at  Rome,  and  of  the  gaudy  appearance  it  must  present 
upon  a  similar  occasion.  Looking  down  State  street,  the  buildings  on 
that  avenue  and  those  that  surround  the  square  presented  a  novel  and 
really  beautiful  sight,  evincing  a  commendable  liberality   on   the  part  of 


1862.  Notes  from'  the  Newspapers.  103 

our  citizens,  and  a  patriotic  desire  to  honor  the  day  in  accordance  with 
the  recommendations  of  the  president.  It  would  be  impossible  to  particu- 
larize the  hundreds  of  buildings,  public  and  private,  that  were  blazing 
with  light,  and  we  must,  therefore,  content  ourselves  with  giving  a  general 
and  hasty  sketch  of  what  was  to  be  seen.  From  the  Capitol  to  the 
Merchants'  Exchange  (the  latter  building  included)  almost  every  build- 
ing on  State  street  was  lighted  up  in  as  many  conceivable  ways  as  there 
are  buildings  on  the  street.  3Iuch  good  taste  was  exhibited  in  lighting  up 
private  residences  throughout  the  city  by  gas  light.  Tri-colored  tissue 
papers  were  spread  over  the  plated  glass,  some  in  chequered  form,  and 
others  in  representation  of  our  flag;  but  in  a  manner  producing  a  fine 
effect.  Chinese  lanterns  of  every  conceivable  shape  and  color  were  ex- 
tensivsly  used,  and  not  unfrequently  jets  of  gas  in  forms  of  stars  and  let- 
ters were  displayed  at  various  places.  The  illumination  was  not  confined 
to  any  locality,  but  extended  throughout  the  city.  Many  of  the  streets 
were  festooned  with  lanterns,  some  of  which  were  of  a  very  attractive 
character.  That  in  Broadway,  the  lanterns,  of  star  form,  bearing  the 
name  of  Washington,  was  peculiarly  attractive:  But  when  so  much  was 
done  —  and  so  well  done  —  it  would  be  invidious  to  particularize.  Suf- 
fice it  to  say  that  it  eclipsed  all  previous  efforts  of  our  citizens.  During 
the  illumination  the  avenues  were  literally  alive  with  people,  some  of  them 
so  densely  crowded  that  the  sidewalks  would  not  contain  them,  and  the 
masses  even  occupied  the  carriage  ways.  Fireworks  were  set  off  in  dif- 
ferent sections  of  the  city  during  the  evening,  and  the  day  closed  as  aus- 
piciously as  it  opened Daniel  N.  Bromley  died  at  Baldwinsville  of 

putrid  erysipelas,  aged  53. 

Feb.  2o.  Koyal  Shaw,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  Springfield,  Mass. 

Feb.  24.  At  7  o'clock  this  morning  the  mercury  in  the  thermometer 
stood  at  37,  the  rain  pouring  down  in  torrents  and  the  water  running  down 
the  hills  as  freely  as  in  midsummer.  As  the  morning  advanced  the  rain 
continued  to  descend,  at  intervals  likened  unto  a  summer  shower,  the  at- 
mosphere continuing  to  moderate  up  to  12  M.,  when  the  thermometer 
marked  46  above  zero.  During  the  two  following  hours  no  important 
change  was  felt,  but  over  head  there  were  indications  of  a  speedy  reaction. 
Soon  after  2  o'clock  thiC  wind  changed  from  the  south  to  the  west,  and  by 
3  o'clock  the  mercury  fell  down  to  32,  a  change  of  fourteen  degrees  in 
less  than  three  quarters  of  an  hour.  The  wind  soon  became  fierce  and 
biting,  and  by  6  o'clock  the  mercury  fell  ten  degrees,  the  thermometer 
denoting  22  above  zero.  The  immense  liberty  pole  erected  last  summer 
by  the  liberality  of  our  citizens  was  an  object  of  much  interest,  alike  to 
those  interested  in  it  as  well  as  those  occupying  buildings  in  the  immedi- 
ate vicinity.  Before  the  almost  stunning  blasts  from  the  west  it  staggered 
to  and  fro,  and  bent  as  if  a  "  reed  shaken  by  the  wind."  Fortunately  it 
withstood  the  blast,  but  for  a  time  its  waverings  were  a  terror  to  those  in 
the  neighborhood,  who,  fearing  its  fall,  imagined  the  destruction  of 
property  that  would  result  from  such  a  disaster.  The  wind  was  particu- 
larly destructive  to  swing  signs,  window  blinds,  and  even  stationary  signs. 
The  mammoth  sign  of  the  American  Bank  Note  Company,  which  was  at- 
tached to  the  Exchange  building,  was  torn  from  its  fastenings,  and  in  its 
descent  broke  all  of  the  telegraph  wires  at  the  corner  of  Exchange  street. 
Peter  Van  Buren   died,  aued  63 Theodore   L.   Philleo  died  at 


104  Notes  from  the  NeiDsimpers.  1862. 

Kensselaerville,  aged  26 Catharine  Kow,  wife  of  Michael  Dugan,'clied, 

aged  48. 

Feb.  25.  During  the  night  it  gradually  grew  colder,  and  with  a  clear 
sky  this  morning  at  7  o'clock  the  thermometer  stood  six  above  zero  — 
thus  showing  a  change  of  over  thirty  degrees  in  24  hours. 

Feb.  26.  James  Bryce,  known  as  Chancelor  Brice,  died  at  Pierrepont 

Centre,  aged  64.  ^^  c 

Feb.  27.  Laborers  were  employed  in  cutting  down  the  huge  ridges  of 

snow,  and  placing  all  on  a  level.     Another  snow  storm  set  in  during  the 

day.. '..... William    McCracken    died,   aged    27 Celia   Canavan   died, 

aged  26. 

Feb.  28.  The  bill  authorizing  the  construction  of  a  horse  rail  road 

through  Broadway   and  the  Watervliet  turnpike  passed  the  senate 

Gertrude  Carr,  wife  of  George  Wicken,  died,  aged  33 James  C.  Gould, 

of  3d  Artillery,  died  at  Hancock,  Md.,  aged  26. 
March  1.  Charles  S.  Hickcox  died,  aged  46. 

March  2.  Sergt.  W.  D.  Spriuks,  of  Co.  A,  43d  regiment,  who  died  at 
Camp  Griffin,  Va.,  was  buried  from  the  Washington  Avenue  Methodist 

Episcopal  Church James  E.  Morrill  died,  aged  24 Alice  Hepin- 

stall,  wife  of  Albert  T.  Emery,  died  at  Chicago. 
March  4.  Maria  Smith  died,  aged  76. 
March  5.  Patrick  McLaughlin  died,  aged  47. 

March  8.  Col.  Benjamin  Jessup,  formerly  of  the  Columbian  Hotel,  died 
at  Schodack,  where  he  had   been  long  an  agent  of  the  Boston  rail  road 

company,  aged  62 Mary  Jane,  wife  of  Thomas  Coulson,died,  aged  53. 

March' 12.  Kobert  Mather  died,  aged  39. 

March  14.  Egbert  Van  Schaick,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Spencer- 
port,  aged  45. 

March  16.  Andrew  P.  Moore  died,  aged  74. 

March  18.  Herman  Gansevoort  died  at  Northumberland,  Sar.  Co 

Andrew  White  died,  aged  26. 

March  19.  Catharine,  widow  of  William  Ward,  died,  aged  75. 
March  20.  John  Campbell  died,  aged  19. 

March  22.  The  Boston  ferry  boat  opened  a  channel  in  the  ice  and  suc- 
ceeded in  maintaining  a  communication.  The  passengers  from  New  York 
were  still  crossing  on  the  ice.  The  ice  was  firm  half  the  way  to  New 
York. 

March  23.  George  Garlin  died,  aged  55. 

March  25.  Mary  E.  Parnell,  wife  of  Joseph  C.  Barnes,  died,  aged  21. 

Mrs.  Elizabeth  Overton  died,  aged  56. 

March  26.   Margaret,  widow  of  John  Todd,  died,  aged  80. 
March  29.  Elizabeth  Brown,  wife  of  Richard  Griswold,  died,  aged  20. 
March  30.  The  south  ferry  boat  succeeded  in  cutting  a  channel  through 
the  ice,  but  the  whole  body  of  ice  above  moved  down  and  closed  it  up. 
A  storm  of  snow  came  on  in  the  evening,  accompanied  with  vivid  light- 
ning and  as  heavy  thunder  as  is  heard  in  summer.      Snow  continued  to 

fairduring  the  night James  a  Phillips  was  buried. 

March  31.  P^lizabeth  J.  Campbell,  wife  of  Richard  Norris,  died,  aged  44. 
April  1.  Mrs.  John  Q.  Wilson  was  buried. 

April  2.  The  body  of  Patrick  O'Toole,  who  had  been  missing  since 
Thanksgiving  night,  was  found  in  the  river,  near  the  old  distillery,  at  the 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  105 

foot  of  Broadway.  It  is  supposed  that  lie  walked  off  tlie  dock  in  the 
darkness. 

April  3.  The  southerly  gale  which  prevailed  last  night,  together  with 
the  accompanying  smart  shower  of  rain,  did  up  the  work  which  the  steam 
boat  men  were  loth  to  undertake,  by  removing  the  ice  embargo  below  the 
city.     About  8  o'clock  this  morning  the  steamer  New  World  came  steam- 
ing up  the  river  and  rounded  to  at  her  dock. ......Ellen,  wife  of  George 

CuUen,  died,  aged  52 John  J.  Jenkins  died,  aged -J-2. 

April  4.  Oliver  W.  Mink  died,  aged  44 W'illiam  Tuton   died  at 

West  Milton,  aged  38 Mary  Haggerty  died,  aged  71. 

April  5.  At  the  Rev.  Mr.  Traftou's  M.  E.  Church  it  was  announced  at 
the  close  of  the  service  that  the  annual  collection  for  the  support  of  su- 
perannuated ministers  would  be  taken  up,  and  the  church  had  been  assessed 
fifty  dollars,  which  must  he  raised  before  tie  congregation  was  dismissed. 
The  baskets  were  passed,  but,  on  counting  up,  only  ^28  were  raised. 
Members  wei'e  then  asked  to  call  out  their  names  with  the  amount  they 
were  willing  to  give.  Several  persons  gave  their  names  with  "  two  dol- 
lars," "one  dollar,"  &c.,  till  no  more  names  or  money  seemed  forthcoming. 
At  last  a  stranger  in  the  congregation  said,  ^'  put  me  down  for  five  dollars." 
"  What  name,"  was  asked.  '■'■Dr.  Colton'  [the  laughing  gas  man],  re- 
plied the  stranger.  The  doctor  counted  out  his  five,  to  save  the  trouble  of 
collection.  The  clergyman  asked  if  they  had  not  two  more  such  friends. 
The  balance  was  immediately  subscribed,  and  the  services  closed  by  sing- 
ing "  Praise  Grod  from  whom  all  blessings  flow." Dr.  Thomas  Smith, 

alms  house  physician,  died,  aged  45. 

April  6.  George  W.  Roberts  died  at  Utica Catlyna  Pearscn,  wife 

of  Gen.  Joseph  M.  Totten,  died  at  Washington,  D.  C,  aged  68.  She  was 
a  native  of  Albany,  daughter  of  George  Pearson,  and  niece  of  the  late 
Mrs.  Archibald  Mclntyre.  Many  of  our  older  citizens  still  remember  the 
incidents  connected  with  her  romantic  marriage,  during  the  war  of  1812- 
15,  to  Capt.  Totten.  She  was  a  very  lovely  woman,  and  an  ornament  to 
society  in  all  the  relations  of  life.  During  the  half  century  of  her  mar- 
ried life  she  had  the  unhappiness  to  see  a  number  of  her  children  taken 
to  untimely  graves.  In  all  other  respects  her  career  was  happy  and 
prosperous,  and  her  house  a  seat  of  refined  hospitality. 

April  7.   Michael  P.  Cippcrley  died  in  the  city  of  Mexico. 

April  8.  City  election;  Eli  Perry,  elected  mayor  by  a  majority  of  2,400, 
had  before  held  the  office.  Mr.  Nugent  was  elected  justice  of  the  justices' 
court  by  a  majority  of  2,300.  He  had  filled  the  same  office  for  a  good 
many  years,  and  to  the  satisfaction  of  the  public.  The  democrats  had 
seven  of  the  ten  aldermen  and  supervisors,  with  a  like  proportion  of  the 

minor  officers Mary  E.,  widow  of  Jubal  T.  Russell,  died^  aged  40 

Joseph  A.  Whalen  died,  aged  27 Mary   Calahan   died,  aged  60 

Capt.  John  Boyd,  formerly  of  this  city,  died  at  Brooklyn,  aged  63. 

April  9.   Patrick  McGinnis  died,  aged  74. 

April  10.  James  D.  Shaver  died,  aged  39. 

April  13.  AVilliam  Marvin  Delavan  died,  aged  18. 

April  14.  Maria  Chatterson,  wife  of  W.  I.  Mattice,  died,  aged  65. 

April  15.  There  was  a  freshet  in  the  river,  the  deep  snows  in  its  valley 
beginning  to  %i(u/a<e Louis  Hartmann  died Stephen  B.  Flag- 
ler died,  aged  30. 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  14 


106  Notes  from  tlie  Neiv8pa]jers.  1862. 

April  IG.  The  river  was  above  the  pier,  having  risen  two  and  a  half 

feet  in  24  hours Maria  Antoinette,  wife  of  H.  CI.  Gilbert,  formerly  of 

this  city,  died  at  Milwaukee.  Mrs.  Gilbert  was  the  daughter  of  the  late 
John  E. 'Bacon,  and  spent  her  earlier  and  later  years  in  this  city.  It  was 
here  that  she  established  a  character  that  commanded  the  confidence,  re- 
spect and  esteem  of  very  many  of  our  citizens.  Acting  ever  upon  the 
hitihest  and  purest  principle,  possessing  a  highly  cultivated  mind  and  a 
heart  full  of  human  sympathies,  her  friendsbips  were  warm  and  lasting, 
and  her  attachments  strong  and  tenacious.  The  poor  and  needy  found  in 
her  an  unfailing  sympathizer,  and  her  largeness  of  heart  was  ever  prompt- 
ino-  her  to  afford  them  substantial  aid.  Tbe  blessed  memories  that  sbe 
ha^  thus  left  behind  her  are  the  surest  harbingers  of  the  bliss  of  an  bere- 
after.  Her  piety  was  sincere  and  unpretending.  She  leaves  a  husband 
and  several  children  to  deplore  their  sudden  and  irreparable  loss. 

April  17.  The  Dudley  Eef.  Prot.  Dutch  Church  was  sold  by  auction 
under  a  mortgage  to  the  builders,  subject  to  a  mortgage  of  |4,000  for  the 
purchase  money  of  the  lot.  It  was  bid  in  by  the  builders  at  S13,500, 
although  it  was  estimated  to  be  worth  ^35,000.  St.  Paul's  Church  sold 
at  the  same  time  for  $12,100,  subject  to  a  mortgage  of  $9,140.  The  edi- 
fice cost  originally  $25,000.  The  congregation  of  this  church  subse- 
quently purchased   the  Dudley  church Louisa  M.   Herrick,  wife  of 

Hon.  Deodatus  Wright,  died. 

April  18.  Throughout  yesterday  the  atmosphere  was  full  up  to  summer 
lieat  —  the  thermometer  ranging  in  the  neighborhood  of  eighty  —  and  the 
snow  in  the  country  rapidly  dissolved,  flooding  every  tributary  to  the 
Hudson.  Last  evening  we  were  visited  by  a  slight  thunder  shower,  and 
during  the  night  a  considerable  quantity  of  rain  fell,  thus  materially  in- 
creasing the  flood.  During  the  night  the  river  rose  eight  inches,  and  has 
continued  to  rise  at  the  rate  of  two  inches  an  hour.  The  inundation  spread 
over  the  easterly  portion  of  the  city,  and  particularly  in  the  lower  wards. 
The  water  was  this  morning  within  four  feet  of  the  second  floor  of  some 
of  the  warehouses  on  the  dock.  As  yet  but  little  damage  has  been  done 
by  the  flood,  beyond  the  tearing  up  of  the  plank  walks  on  the  dock  and 
the  usual  destruction  to  property  by  inundation.  The  lower  basin  was 
covered  with  broom  corn  from  the  Mohawk  valley,  which  pressed  heavily 
against  the  Hamilton  street  bridge.  It  was  packed  in  at  that  point  to  the 
depth  of  from  six  to  ten  feet,  and  so  strongly  matted  together  that  persons 
could  stand  upon  it  with  safety.     The  passenger  boats  from  New  York  last 

evening   did  not  reach    here  until   10  o'clock   this  morning Philip 

Lynch  died,  aged  44. 

April  19.  The  water  at  noon  was  fully  ten  inches  higher  than  at  the 
same  hour  yesterday.  About  8  o'clock  last  evening  a  rain  storm  set  in, 
and  for  upwards  of  an  hour  copious  showers  of  rain  fell.  Notwithstand- 
ing a  favorable  change  of  wind,  the  river,  throughout  the  morning,  con- 
tinued to  rise  slowly  but  steadily.  A  portion  of  South  Broadway  was 
covered  with  water,  and  business  was  suspended.  In  the  vicinity  of  Di- 
vision street,  and  at  the  Steam  boat  landing,  it  was  navigable  for  skifi"s 
and  flat  bottomed  boats.  The  basements  of  nearly  every  building  south  of 
Hudson  street,  and  east  of  Green  street,  were  inundated. 
April  20.  John  Lyons  died,  aged  45. 
April  2L  The  common   council  ordered  a  contract  to  be  entered  into 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  107 

with  Aid.  Owen  Golden  to  discharge  the  duties  of  superintendent  of  the 
Alms  House  for  three  years  from  the  1st  of  May.     It  Avas  very  generally 

supposed  that  Mr.  Hurst  would  be  continued  in  that  office The  water 

in  the  river  had  fallen  seven  feet  since  the  19th. 

April  22.  The  following  clergymen  were  appointed  by  the  Methodist 
conference  to  the  Albany  pulpits  of  that  denomination  :  Hudson  street, 
Rev.  Mark  Trafton  ;  North  Pearl  street,  Kev.  J.  E.  Bowen ;  South  Ferry 
street,  Ptev.  S.  D.  Brown;  Arbor  Hill,  Pev.  P.  H.  Pobinson  ;  Washing, 
ton  avenue,  Pev.  S.  M.  Merrill;  Broadway,  S.  McChesney;  Lydius 
street,  E.  Gross Noah  St.  John  died. 

April  23.  The  legislature  adjourned  after  a  session  of  108  days,  and  the 

enactment  of  about  500  laws. The  docks  and  pier  were  still  inundated. 

Mary  A.  McGowen,  wife  of  Emmerson  W.  Keys,  died, aged  24 

Mrs.  Elsie  Bradt  died,  aged  78. 

April  24.  The  water  in  the  river  was  now  out  of  the  stores  and  nearly 
off  the  dock.  This  was  by  far  the  most  troublesome  inundation  that  was 
experienced  here  for  a  long  period  of  time.  It  left  the  warehouses  in  a 
very  filthy  condition.  Shovels  and  hoes  were  brought  into  requisition  to 
remove  the  mud  from  the  floor,  which  had  accumulated  to  the  depth  of 
from  two  to  three  inches,  of  the  most  filthy  kind. 

April  25.   Gen.  George  Talcott  died,  aged  76 Mrs.  Phebe  Jay  died, 

aged  72. 

April  27.  The  fastening  of  the  bell  in  the  North  Dutch  Church  gave 
way  while  the  sexton  was  ringing  it  for  afternoon  service,  and  it  fell  a 
distance  of  two  feet,  upon  timbers.  The  bell  is  one  of  the  heaviest  in  the 
city,  and  the  occurrence  not  only  attracted  the  attention  of  those  in  the 
immediate  vicinity  in  the  street,  but  the  crash  was  heard  several  blocks 
off.     The  bell  was  found  to  be  uninjured. 

April  28.  The  Pev.  E.  P.  Pogers,  who,  for  six  years,  had  filled  the 
pulpit  of  the  North  Dutch  Church,  resigned  the  pastorate,  having  accepted 

a  call  from  New  York  city Eliza  Blackall,  wife  of  Nelson  Rogers,  died, 

aged  52. 

April  30.  Ann  Davis,  wife  of  Horace  P.  Wheeler,  died,  aged  48 

John  F.  Prentice  died. 

May  1.  The  water  in  the  canal  reached  the  eastern  level  above  the 
city. 

May  2.  Catharine,  widow  of  John  B.  Visscher,  died,  aged  83. 

May  3.  The  sharp  lightning,  which  was  speedily  followed  by  a  thunder 
clap  so  terrific  as  to  startle  every  person  on  Capitol  Hill,  struck  the  new 
three  story  brick  hotel,  built  by  Mr.  Smith,  on  the  Schenectady  turnpike, 
opposite  Gallup's  Hotel,  doing  considerable  damage. 

May  4.  Eva  Mcintosh   died,  aged  64 James   M.  Southwick   died, 

near  Warwick  Court  House,  Va  ,  and  was  buried  here  on  the  21st. 

May  5.  At  a  meeting  of  the  new  board  of  common  council,  Eli  Perry 
was  appointed  mayor  ;  Martin  Delehanty,  clerk;  Clinton  Cassidy,  city  attor- 
ney; Cuyler  Ten  Eyck,  marshal;  R.  H.  Bingham,  city  surveyor. 

May  6.  Thomas  Gill  died,  aged  53. 

May  6.  John  Calvorley,  of  Co.  F,  44th  reg.,  died  at  Yorktown,  aged  20. 

May  8.  Philip  S.  Van  Rensselaer  died  at  St.  Louis,  Mo. 

May  9.  Eliza,  widow  of  S.  S.  Peck,  died,  aged  54 Catharine  Cottam, 

wife  of  Robert  L.  Noyes,  died  in  New  York. 


108  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

May  10.  Mary  Eliza,  wife  of  James  A.  Harris,  died,  aged  33. 

May  12.  Mrs.  Charlotte  Dewey  died,  aged  79 Mr.   John  N.  Cutler 

was  drowned,  aged  70. 

May  15.  Fire  in  A.  McClure  &  Co.'s  Store,  76  State  street;  insured, 

$21,000  on  goods Erastus  Corning  Radley,  of  Co.  G,  Ellsworth  reg., 

died,  aged  19. 

May  16.  Among  a  drove  of  cattle  that  was  being  driven  down  Wash- 
ington avenue  and  through  Eagle  street,  this  morning  about  10  o'clock, 
was  a  wild  steer,  which  seriously,  if  not  fatally,  injured  an  infant  child  in 
Eagle  street.  As  the  drove  was  passing  the  Capitol  Park  the  steer  ran 
upon  the  walk  and  towards  a  willow  wagon  containing  a  child.  The 
mother  of  the  child  was  by  the  wagon  when  the  animal  rushed  upon  them, 
and  before  she  could  secure  the  child  the  steer  had  pierced  the  wagon  with 
its  horns,  and  in  an  instant  after  had  thrown  them  into  the  street.  The  ani- 
mal again  made  for  the  chi  d  and  wagon,  and  was  trampling  upon  them, 
when  a  man  rushed  at  the  steer  and  cut  his  throat.  The  child  was  then 
rescued,  and  soon  after  the  steer  fell  dead  in  the  street.  The  driving  of 
cattle  through  some  of  our  streets  has  become  an  intolerable  nuisance, 
especially  on  Sunday,  when  such  populous  streets  as  Lydius,  Grand  and 
Westerlo  are  almost  covtinuaUy  blocked  iqy  by  the  immense  herds  con- 
stantly passing  through  them.  To  say  nothing  of  the  great  risk  of  limb 
and  life  incurred  by  ladies  and  children,  particularly  on  that  day,  the 
sidewalks  are  rendered  unfit  for  use — houses  filled  with  dust,  and  the 
quiet  of  Sunday  gives  place  to  the  sights  and  sounds  appropriate  to  a 
cattle  fair. 

May  19.  Yesterday  the  air  was  quite  summer  like,  the  thermometer 
ranging  in  the  neighborhood  of  80,  while  the  sun's  rays  were  penetrating. 
Since  yesterday  the  mercury  fell  full  twenty  degrees,  and  early  this  morn- 
ing it  was  quite  chilly.  Such  changes  of  weather  at  this  season  are  not 
conducive  to  health Mrs.  Mary  K.  W.  Turner  died. 

May  21.  Soon  after  10  o'clock  at  night  a  violent  storm  of  rain  set  in, 
accompanied  with  lightning  and  high  winds.  The  storm  continued  to  in- 
crease in  violence  until   after  midnight,  the  rain  at  times  pouring  down 

in   torrents  and  the  wind  howling  terribly Fanny,  widow  of  Jacob 

Van  Ness,  died,  aged  80. 

May  22.  The  steamer  New  World,  which  left  New  York  last  evening,  had 
not  reached  here  at  noon  to-day.  When  the  steamer  Chicopee  passed  the 
World  was  lying  opposite  the  nine  mile  tree,  with  her  head  down  the  river. 
The  tows  were  aground  at  Castleton,  filling  up  the  channel  so  that  it  was 
impossible  for  the  World  to  pass.  Most  of  her  passengers  were  taken  by 
small   boats,  conveyed  on  shore  and  brought  to  this  city  on  the  Hudson 

river   rail  road The  citizens  of  Troy  acknowledged   the   receipt  of 

$8,000  from  the  citizens  of  Albany,  for  the  relief  of  the  sufferers,  by  the 
great  fire  in  the  former  city. 

May  23.  James  Cunningham  died,  aged  60. 

May  21.  Anthony  Fisk  died Ann  Bowler,  widow  of  Joseph  Fry, 

died,  aged  85. 

May  26.  The  steam  tug  Cayuga  reached  the  city  with  67  boats  in  tow, 

the   largest  tow   ever  brought   up   the   river Christina  Sharp   died, 

aged  41 Catharine  Scott  died,  aged  72. 

May  27.  The  heavy  tax  annually  imposed  upon  the  owners  of  real  estate 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  109 

oa  Broadway,  in  the  necessary  repairs  of  the  carriage  way,  has  induced 
them  to  try  an  experiment.  The  cobble  stone  pavement  will  not  stand  the 
pressure  of  the  trucks  that  are  daily  being  drawn  over  it,  consequently  a 
more  substantial  roadway  has  become  necessary.  The  experiment  about 
being  tried  by  Messrs.  Jacob  H.  Ten  Eyck,  H.  H.  Martin  and  Charles 
Van  Benthuysen,  is  in  laying  a  section  of  Broadway  between  Beaver  and 
Hudson  stseets,  with  what  is  called  the  BuiFalo  pavement.  This  pave- 
ment is  formed  by  the  laying  of  curb  stone  edgeways  across  the  street, 
the  stone  to  be  fourteen  inches  in  depth  and  four  inches  thick,  thus  giving 
a  good  foothold  for  horses,  and  a  solid  bed  for  trucks  to  be  drawn  over. 
The  stones  are  laid  lengthwise  across  the  street  and  close  together,  form- 
ing, as  it  were,  a  solid  stone  pavement  fourteen  inches  in  depth. 

May  28.  William  J.  Walker  died,  aged  25 William  Stead  died  in 

New  York,  aged  78. 

May  30.  Joseph  M.  Babcock  died  in  Troy. 

June  1.  Thomas  W.  Olcott  Esq.,  president  of  the  Albany  Cemetery 
Association,  offered  a  lot  for  the  burial  of  such  soldiers  from  this  cit}'-  as 

shall  have  fallen  in  battle   or  died   from  disease   or  accident Sergt. 

Maj.  Luther  A.  Hill,  34th  regt.,  died  at  Fair  Oaks,  aged  26 Wm. 

Harbeck,  killed  at  the  battle  of  Fair  Oaks Jesse  D.  Van  Hagen,  died 

of  wounds  received  at  battle  of  Fair  Oaks,  aged  22. 

June  2.  Statement  of  receipts  and  disbursements  by  the  Joint  Relief 
Committee,  through  the  treasurer,  J.  C.  Y.  Paige  Esq.,  Chamberlain,  viz  : 

RECEIPTS. 

Received  from  Citizens'  Finance  Committee,  at  sundry  times,.  $20,479  00 

Sundry  appropriations  by  Common  Council, 30,000  00 

Received  from  other  sources, 130  50 


$50,609  50 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

Am't  paid  for  relief  of  22,632  families  was, 650,295  84 

Paid  expenses  of  Allotment  Committe  to  Washington,  in 

June,  1861, 158  00 

Printing,  21  60 

Press,  die,  &c., 9  00 

Appropriated  for  burial  and  other  extreme  cases  in  charge 

of  special  committee,  125  06 


$50,609  50 
John  Chapman,  died,  aged  36. 

June  3.  The  25th  regiment  left  for  New  York  in  the  cars,  marching 
under  a  drenching  rain. 

June  12.  A  coroner's  inquest  was  held  on  the  death  of  Mrs.  Mary  Ann 
Fox,  who  came  to  her  death  from  the  effects  of  arsenic  voluntarily  taken. 

June  13.  George  Black  was   drowned  while  bathing  in  the  river 

Frank  Marble  was  drowned  in  the  Genesee  river,  near  Portage.  He  was 
buried  from  the  residence  of  his  father  at  the  Orphan  Asylum. 

June  15.   Ann  A.,  wife  of  Hiram  Scripture,  died,  aged  32 Peter 

O'Connor,  2d  lieut.  Co.  F,  61st.  regt.,  died  in  hospital  at  Philadelphia, 
of  a  wound  received  at  the  battle  of  Fair  Oaks. 

June  16.  Rufus  B.  Scovel  died  at  Detroit,  aged  28. 


110  Notes  from  the  NewspaiJers.  1862. 

June  17.  Jennet  Angus,  widow  of  David  Putnam,  died,  aged  83 

John  Josepli  Ryan  died,  aged  21 Catharine,  widow  of  Samuel  Street- 

er,  died,  aged  83. 

June  18.  Thomas  B.  Wheeler  died,  aged  42. 

June  20.  Patrick  McQuade  died,  aged  80.  He  was  a  gentleman  who 
was  universally  respected  by  all  classes  of  our  community.  He  came  to 
this  city  in  the  year  1810,  since  which  time  he  has  made  it  his  home. 
In  1812,  when  the  war  with  England  broke  out  Mr.  McQuade  was  one  of 
the  first  to  turn  out  in  defence  of  his  adopted  country.  He  took  part  in 
that  memorable  struggle. 

June  21.  The  steam  boat  Elm  City  arrived  this  morning  about  3  o'clock, 
with  346  sick  and  wounded  soldiers,  under  the  direction  of  Col.  Bliss,  of 
New  York.  Most  of  them  came  from  White  House,  and  were  wounded 
in  the  various  battles  and  skirmishes  of  the  past  month.  Some,  however, 
were  put  on  board  at  Fortress  Monroe,  where  they  had  been  for  some 
time.  They  were  all  kindly  taken  care  of  by  the  Medical  Staff,  under 
the  direction  of  Dr.  Ellis.  The  order  was  to  bring  all  placed  on  board  to 
Albany  ;  and  although  many  of  them  lived  in  New  York,  it  was  not  prac- 
ticable to  leave  them  there  until  after  the  disembarkation  here.  At  six 
o'clock  scores  of  carriages  and  wagons  were  at  the  landing  to  convey  the 
sick  and  wounded  to  the  hospitals — our  citizens  having,  seemingly,  placed 
all  their  carriages  at  the  disposal  of  the  soldiers.  Many,  however,  had  to 
be  conveyed  on  litters,  their  wounds  being  such  as  to  preclude  them  from 
riding.  By  10  o'clock,  all  were  comfortably  quartered  in  the  hospital, 
except  those  to  be  returned  to  New  York — about  100,  mostly  from  Penn- 
sylvania. The  preparation  for  the  reception  of  these  brave  men  was  ample. 
The  hospitals  are  delightfully  located,  and  everything  needed  was  furnished. 
Dr.  Vanderpoel  had  been  indefiitigable  in  his  labors.  A  number  of  ladies 
were  in  attendance  to  give  their  services  in  the  distribution  of  lint,  ban- 
dages, &c Matthias  H.  Ten  Eyck,  one  of  our  most  respected  citizens, 

died.  About  a  week  ago  his  arm  suddenly  became  much  swollen  and  very 
painful.  On  examining  it  a  pimple  was  discovered  whichjiad  been  scratch- 
ed and  poisoned.  Whether  the  poison  was  from  the  bite  of  a  spider  or 
decomposed  animal  matter,  is  not  known.  The  deceased  was  a  tallow 
chandler,  and  the  supposition  is  that  he  scratched  his  arm  while  at  work, 
and  that  the  poison  was  thus  communicated.  He  received  all  the  atten- 
tion that  skillful  surgeons  could  bestow,  but  their  efforts  to  save  his  life 
were  futile. 

June  22.  The  Rev.  Alexander  S.  Twombly,  formerly  of  Cherry  Valley, 
was  installed  pastor  of  the  State  Street  Presbyterian  Church.  It  was  a 
very  interesting  and  solemn  ceremony.  The  congregation  at  present  wor- 
ship in  their  large  and  commodius  Sunday  school  rooms,  which  were  filled 
to  overflowing.  Dr.  Halley  preached  the  installation  sermon;  Dr.  Sprague 
delivered  the  charge  to  the  pastor,  and  Mr.  Goodall,  of  Amsterdam, 
the  charge  to  the  people.     Rev.  Dr.  Palmer  and  Rev.  B.  H.  Pitman  also 

participated  in  the  exercises Dennis  Ryan  died ,  aged  22 Thomas  H. 

Carson,  formerly  of  Albany,  died,  aged  57 Nancy,  widow  of  Dr.  Guy 

Spaulding,  died,  aged  69 Mary,  wife  of  Wm.  B.  Wood,  died,  aged  44. 

June  23.   Henry  W.  Coulter  died,  aged  21 Edward  Best  died,  a^ed 

49 Mary   Lucretia  Lovett,  widow  of  John    R.  Peters,  died  in  New 

York Ann  O'Callahan  died,  aged  38. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  Ill 

June  24.  Elihu  Russell  died,  aged  78.  He  came  here  in  1813,  aud 
had  been  in  active  business  until  within  a  few  mouths,  occupying,  during 
the  entire  of  this  long  period,  the  same  store  in  Broadway.     He  was  a  man 

of  unblemished  character Adam  Russ  died,  aged  87 Joseph  Lord 

died,  aged  73. 

June  26.  Until  quite  recently  there  has  been  but  one  church  within 
the  bounds  of  the  tenth  ward,  the  most  extensive  and  populous  in  the 
city,  and  that  in  its  extreme  northeastern  limit.  The  only  mission  in  the 
ward  was  in  the  small  building,  well  known  as  Deacon  Wilson's  School 
house,  on  Lydius  street,  where,  on  sabbath  mornings,  a  school  had  been 
conducted  under  the  auspecies  of  the  ^lethodist  Sunday  School  Union, 
and  in  the  afternoon  the  building  liad  been  occupied  by  an  independent 
union  school.  The  schools  were  entirely  inadequate  to  meet  tlie  wants  of 
the  ward,  which  contained,  according  to  the  census  of  1855,  1,977  chil- 
dren between  five  and  fifteen  years  of  age,  and  945  between  that  age  and 
twenty  years.  The  total  number  of  children  now  in  the  ward  between 
five  and  fifteen,  cannot  be  less  than  2,500,  of  which  number  we  doubt  if 
over  six  hundred  are  gathered  in  the  schools  within  its  limits,  and  from 
the  best  information  we  are  able  to  obtain  not  over  six  hundred  between 
the  same  ages,  from  this  ward,  are  in  the  schools  on  Washington  avenue 
and  Hudson  street.  In  addition  to  these,  the  Cathedral  school  numbers 
about  three  hundred  under  fifteen.  Thus,  if  our  figures  are  correct,  there 
are  1,000  children  in  this  ward  not  now  in  any  school.  This  seems  in- 
credible, and  the  figure  may  be  too  large,  yet  the  fact  is  established,  that 
there  are  several  hundred  children  in  the  ward  not  connected  with  any 
Sunday  school.  Persons  conversant  with  sabbath  school  work  can  form 
their  own  estimate  of  the  number  of  children  between  fifteen  and  twenty 
years  of  age  in  these  schools.  We  have  chosen  the  former  number  as  our 
limit  in  making  the  above  estimate,  because  it  is  well  known  that  at  that 
age,  for  some  cause,  many  children  leave  sabbath  school,  and  it  is  a  prob- 
lem for  the  solution  of  Christian  parents  and  Sunday  school  instructors, 
how  to  remedy  the  evil.  To  meet  this  destitute  condition  of  the  tenth 
ward,  various  efforts  have  recently  been  put  forth.  United  and  State  Street 
Presbyterians  having  already  entered  the  field,  and  St.  Paul's  preparing 
to  do  so.  Another  enterprise,  also,  has  been  silently  and  energetically 
carried  on  by  the  Methodist  mission  now  occupying  Lydius  Street  School 
house,  in  the  erection  of  a  large  building  on  the  corner  of  Lydius  and 
Lark  streets,  the  house  they  now  occupy  being  entirely  too  contracted  for 
their  present  numbers  and  the  continual  applications  for  admission  they 
receive,  and  also  clogging  any  efforts  for  increased  membership  they  might 
desire  to  put  forth.  The  building  is  being  erected  mostly  by  voluntary 
contributions  of  labor  and  material,  and  the  children  are  actively  engaged 

soliciting   contributions James  Kinnear  was   killed   at  the   battle"  of 

James  Island.  James  Kinnear  was  universally  known  and  liked.  He 
was  a  noble  hearted  man  —  happy  and  kind  in  his  domestic  relations  ; 
amiable  and  generous  socially,  and  active,  disinterested  and  patriotic  as  a 
citizen.  No  man  among  us  had  more  friends,  and  none  was  more  deserving 
of  friendship.  He  was  one  of  those  characters  often  found  in  the  humblest 
walks  of  life,  who  command  the  respect  of  all  classes  by  their  quiet  effici- 
ency, their  unostentatious  usefulness  and  their  unwavering  fidelity,  truth- 
fulness and  integrity.      He  loved  his  country  with  all    his  heart,  and  has 


112  Notes  from  the  Nev^spaijers.  1862. 

sealed  that  love  with  his  life.  At  the  opening  of  the  rebellion  he  consulted 
with  his  friends  in  regard  to  his  duty.  He  was  ready  to  assume  any 
position ;  but  having  had  experience  as  a  ship  carpenter,  and  the  country 
needing  men  skilled  in  that  service,  he  was  advised  to  take  the  post  of 
carpenter  in  the  navy.  He  consented  to  do  so,  and  was  at  once  commissioned 
and  detailed  to  the  United  States  ship  Preble,  where  he  served  while  she 
remained  on  duty  at  the  mouth  of  the  Mississippi.  But  the  service  was 
not  sufficiently  active  or  perilous  to  suit  him,  and  he  accepted  a  commission 
as  lieutenant  in  the  79th  Highlanders,  then  at  Beaufort.  He  at  once 
became  popular  with  his  command,  and  was  foremost  in  all  the  perilous 
adventures  of  that  gallant  regiment.  It  was  the  heighth  of  his  ambition 
to  join  the  expedition  against  Charleston  ;  and  in  the  letter  wliich  we 
published  from  him  a  few  days  since,  he  expressed  his  pleasure  at  the 
prospect  of  being  detailed  for  that  service.  When  it  was  announced  that 
the  79th  was  in  the  battle  on  James  Island,  and  that  that  regiment,  as 
usual,  was  among  the  foremost  in  "  the  deadly  breach,"  all  those  who  knew 
him  feared  the  result.  And  their  fears  were  well-founded.  He  fell, 
where  all  knew  he  would  be  found,  in  the  thickest  of  the  fight;  and  his 

name   will   be   forever  enrolled   among   his    country's  heroes David 

Chambers  died,  aged  37. 

June  29.  Charles  B.  Chapman  died,  aged  27.  He  was  a  printer,  at- 
tached to  the  Ellsworth  regiment.  He  received  a  wound  in  the  breast, 
in  one  of  the  battles  before  Richmond. 

June  80.   Catharine,  wife  of  Samuel  T.  Rosekrans,  died,  aged  28. 

July  1.  Robert  McDermot  died,  aged  34 Mary,  widow  of  John 

Bellew,  died,  aged  55. 

July  3.  Batson  Coggle  died,  aged  70 John  Carey  died,  aged  82 

Richard  McGlinn  died,  aged  65. 

July  4.  The  anniversary  was  celebrated  with  unusual  festivity.  Col. 
J.  W.  Harcourt  was  grand  marshal.  Declaration  read  by  Jacob  C.  Cuy- 
ler;  oration  by  Henry  Smith Terrence  xMcGee  died,  aged  63. 

July  5.  Isabella  Hinkley  Susini  died.  Her  remains  were  brought  to 
this  city,  her  birth  place,  and  where  her  early  life  was  passed,  and  fu- 
neral services  held  at  St.  Paul's  Church ;  of  whose  choir,  and  where  her 
extraordinary  musical  talent  first  attracted  attention  some  years  since, 
she  was  a  member.  The  impressive  burial  service  of  the  Episcopal 
church  was  conducted  by  Rev.  Dr.  Rudder;  the  friends  of  Miss  Hinkley, 
and  those  of  the  gifted  Madame  Susini,  uniting  in  the  last  sad  tribute  to 
her  gentleness  and  worth,  by  their  presence.  Of  the  brilliant  career  of 
Miss  Hinkley  in  the  musical  world  the  readers  of  this  paper  have  been 
fully  advised.  Endowed  with  natural  gifts  rarely  excelled,  instruction 
and  study  from  and  with  artists  abroad,  developed  one  of  the  finest  vo- 
calists of  the  age.  In  Italy,  as  in  her  native  country,  she  was  a  favorite. 
But  especially  in  this  city,  where  her  youth  was  passed,  where  her  fjither 
died  while  she  was  prosecuting  her  studies  abroad,  was  she  ever  welcome, 
and  a  cord  of  sympathy  rendered  the  attachment  more  enduring.  She 
was  married  to  the  basso  Susini  over  a  year  ago,  and  gave  birth  to  a 
daughter  on  the  2d  of  June.  Her  accouchment  was  followed  hy  puer- 
peral fever,  which  terminated  fatally. 

July  6.  The  obstructions  in  the  river  at  Castleton  were  removed,  and 
the  ]''eople's  Line  of  steam  boats  resumed  their  trips,  which  had  been 
temporarily  suspended. 


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1862.  Notes  from  tlie  Neiinsfaj^er  8.         .  113 

July  7.  Silver  and  gold,  and  even  eoppei'  coin,  had  long  since  disap- 
peared, and  in  the  absence  of  small  change,  private  individuals  were 
issuing  tickets  and  promises  to  pay,  under  the  name  of  sltinplasters,  as 
well  as  copper  tokens ;  all  of  which  was  an  illegal  currency,  but  was 
tolerated  as  a  necessity.  Postage  stamps  were  also  used  for  the  same 
purpose. 

July  9.  John  Reid  died,  aged  59 Harriet  E.  Coonley,  wife  of  Peter 

Ten  Eyck,  died,  aged  21. 

July  10.  Meeting  of  the  Albany  County  Sabbath  School  Convention; 
A.  J).  Robinson  in  the  chair,  W.  S.  Kelly  secretary.  An  election  was 
held  for  choice  of  officers,  which  resulted  as  follows :  Samuel  Anable, 
president;  Robert  H.  Wells,  corresponding  secretary;  Oakley  Osborn, 
recording  secretary ;  William  31.  Wollett,  treasurer;  John  Reid,  John 
McIIarg,  J.  H.  Coughtry,  A.  E.  Willis,  B.  N.  Newton,  Henry  March, 
Abraham  Kirk,  S.  W.  Larcher,  George  Dawson,  John  Templeton,  Jo- 
seph Kennedy,   James   Erwin,  John    P.    Livingston,    Leonard    G.    Ten 

Eyck,  vice-presidents Messrs.  John    Taylor  &  Sons,  brewers,  of  this 

city,  notified  their  workmen  (some  two  hundred),  that  those  wishing  to 
enlist  in  the  army  might  do  so,  and  that  one-half  of  their  salary  should 
be  paid  them  while  absent,  and  their  situations  retained  for  them  until 

their   return Gerrit  Yates,   formerly  a    merchant,  and  a  prominent 

member  of  the  First  Reformed  Protestant  Dutch  Church,  died,  aged  78. 
While  a  clerk  for  Volkert  P.  Douw,  hardware  merchant,  near  the  corner 
of  State  in  South  Market  street,  he  watched  the  progress  of  taking  down 
the  old  Dutch  Church,  in  order  to  save  the  window  pane  of  Andries 
Herbertsen,  which  he  thought  was  the  rightful  property  of  his  mother, 
who  was  an  Egberts,  under  the  impression  that  the  family  name  had 
undergone  a  change.  But  five  panes  of  this  sash  remain,  which,  fortu- 
nately, enable  us  to  give  a  fac-simile  of  every  portion  of  it  but  the  crest, 
which  is  left  blank  in  the  accompanying  plate. 

July  12.  John  Pruyn  died,  aged  72 Hugh  Reed  died,  aged  36. 

July  13.  Lieut.  Edward  Bayard  Hill,  of  the  1st  T^  S.  Artillery,  died, 
aged  28.  He  was  attached  to  Randall's  (14th  U.  S.)  battery,  and  was 
wounded  in  one  of  the  battles  before  Richmond.  The  wound,  though 
severe,  was  not  deemed  mortal,  and  he  was  conveyed  to  New  York,  where, 
at  the  Brevoort  House,  he  had  every  attention  which  kind  friends 
could  give.  Lieut.  Hill  was  a  young  gentlema-i  of  fine  mind  and  heart. 
He  was  commissioned  soon  after  the  commencement  of  the  war,  and  at 
once  entered  upon  active  service.  He  distinguished  himself  in  the  dis- 
astrous battle  of  Bull  Run,  and  has  since  shown  remarkable  adaptation 
for  the  work  of  a  soldier.  He  was  prompt  and  fearless,  and  had  won  the 
esteem  and  love  of  his  officers  and  men.  Up  to  the  moment  that  he  was 
disabled  on  the  field  he  exhibited  the  coolness  and  courage  of  a  veteran. 

July  14.  A  storm  of  considerable  magnitude  prevailed  in  this  vicinity 
for  a  short  time  in  the  evening.  The  rain  fell  in  torrents,  accompanied 
by  thunder  and  lightning.  It  was  more  severely  felt  east  of  us,  and  in 
the  vicinity  of  Greenbush.     Trees  and  fences  were  prostrated,  and  the 

crops   were   slightly  injured The   Zouave  cadets  held  a  meeting  on 

occasion  of  the  death  of  Edward  B.  Hill,  and  resolved  that  they  would 
ever  remember  with  pride  and  regret  the  modest  bearing  and  determined 
spirit,  the  urbanity  of  deportment  and  cultivated  intellect,  and,  in  a  word, 
Hist  .  Coll.  a.  15 


114  Notes  from  the  Newsimpers.  1862. 

all  those  noble  and  admirable  qualities  which  distinguished  their  de- 
parted comrade  as  a  man  and  a  soldier,  which  ever  claim  for  the  honored 

dead  a  place  in  the  memory  of  the  living News  was  also  received  that 

Capt.  McRoberts,  of  Company  K,  Capt.  Vanderlip  and  Lieut.  Becker,  of 
Company  G,  Ellsworth  regiment,  were  all  wounded  and  prisoners  at 
Savage's  Station.  McRoberts  was  wounded  in  the  foot;  Becker  in  the 
foot, "and  will  probably  lose  a  leg;  Vanderlip  in  the  leg  by  a  shell, 
which  tore  the  flesh  badly.  He  was  carried  from  the  field  a  distance  of 
six  miles,  and  was  left  at  Savage's  Station,  where  all  of  the  wounded 
were  under  the  charge  of  Dr.  Swinburne,  who  was  also  a  prisoner. 

July  15.  Lewis  Benedict  died,  aged  77.  Mr.  Benedict  was  a  native 
of  Saratoga  county,  but  moved  to  this  city  with  his  father  in  early  life ; 
and  here  have  been  passed  the  years  of  his  manhood  and  his  decline. 
He  engaged  early  in  mercantile  life;  and,  after  a  long  course  of  honora- 
ble, and  for  the  most  part  successful  business,  retired  a  few  years  since  to 
pass  his  latter  years  chiefly  in  the  bosom  of  domestic  quietude.  He  has 
been  very  intimately  connected  with  the  political  movements  of  this  state, 
and  though  he  has  borne  his  part  without  noise  or  display,  he  has  exerted 
an  influence  scarcely  second  to  that  of  any  of  his  cotemporaries.  He  has 
always  evinced  a  large  public  spirit,  cheerfully  cooperating  for  the  pro- 
motion of  objects  which  he  regarded  as  bearing  propitiously  on  the 
interests  of  society.  He  was  a  man  of  indomitable  firmness  of  purpose, 
and  never  even  seemed  to  yield  a  point  contrary  to  his  well  matured  con- 
victions. He  had  been  accustomed  to  mingle  extensively  with  some  of 
the  most  distinguished  men  in  the  state  and  in  the  country  ;  and  his 
uncommonly  vigorous  and  discerning  intellect,  and  minute  acquaintance 
with  the  politics  of  the  day,  made  him  fully  at  home  in  such  society. 
With  his  untiring  energy  he  united  warm  and  generous  sensibilities, 
rendering  him  one  of  the  kindest  of  husbands,  fiithers  and  brothers.  He 
was  earnestly  devoted  to  the  interests  of  his  country,  and  watched  daily 
the  progress  of  the  terrible  conflict  with  the  deepest  interest;  and  when 
his  son,  who  is  probably  destined  to  learn  his  bereavement  in  an  enemy's 
country,  signifled  his  purpose  to  join  the  army,  the  proposal  met  from  him 
a  hearty,  encouraging  response.  It  is  but  a  few  months  since  that  now 
desolate  dwelling  was  the  scene  of  a  most  joyous  meeting  of  his  friends, 
on  the  occasion  of  his  golden  wedding.  Mr.  Benedict  belonged  to  a 
class  of  merchants  that  made  Albany,  during  the  first  half  of  the  present 
century,  an  important  commercial  city  —  a  class  now  almost  extinct,  and 
without  succession.  Not  that  merchants  of  the  present  day  lack  intelli- 
gence or  enterprise,  but  because  the  conditions  and  circumstances  of 
business  have  undergone  such  changes  that  merchants  and  professional 
men,  instead  of  standing  out  from  and  up  above  their  fellows,  form  lines 
in  which  their  individuality  is  merged.  But  forty  years  ago  there  was  a 
dozen  or  more  mercantile  houses  here  whose  enterprise  and  high  standing 
contributed  largely  to  the  prosperity  of  the  city.  One  by  one,  in  the 
course  of  nature,  the  brothers  Russell,  Townsend,  Boyd,  Marvin,  Cook, 
William  James,  Friend  Humphrey,  Peter  Bain,  D.  S.  Gregory,  John 
Spencer,  James  Clark,  Alex.  Davidson,  &c.,  &;c.,  of  the  senior  class, 
have  balanced  and  closed  their  earthly  ledgers.  Of  their  cotemporaries 
few  indeed  remnin  ;  prominent  among  whom  are  Jacob  H.  Ten  Eyck, 
Erastus  Corning,  Rufus  H.  King,  and  Ralph  Pratt.     Mr.  Benedict  com- 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Neivspajjers.  115 

inenced  business,  we  believe,  with  the  late  Spencer  Stafford,  whose 
daughter  he  married  in  1812,  and  who  survives  him.  Though  subject 
to  the  cares,  trials  and  solicitudes  which  that  relation  brings  to  the  head 
of  a  numerous  family,  thei/  enjoyed  all  the  compensations  which  devoted 
and  enduring  affection,  mutual  confidence  and  common  sympathies  could 
confer.  Mr.  Benedict  was  most  emphatically  public  spirited.  To  every 
project  or  enterprise  which  promised  advantage  to  the  city  he  gave  all 
the  energy  and  zeal  which  characterized  his  devotion  to  his  own  business. 
He  was  active  in  obtaining  the  charters  of  the  Commercial  bank  and  the 
Utica  and  Schenectady  rail  road,  and  for  many  years  was  a  director  in 

both James  Donovan  died,  aged  19. 

July  16.  Catharine,  wife  of  John  C.  Hare,  died,  aged  20. 
July  17.  A  meeting  of  the  common  council  was  held,  to  take  into 
consideration  the  issue  of  fractional  notes,  to  supply  the  want  of  small 
change.  The  finance  committee,  consisting  of  Erastus  Corning  Jr.  John 
Tracy  and  A.  A.  Wemple,  recommended  the  issue  of  ^50,000  in  bills 
of  lU,  25,  and   50   cents,  redeemable  on  demand  in  city  bills  in  suras  of 

S5,  which  was  adopted  by  the  board Peter  Coleman  died,  a^^ed  23 

July  IS.  Archibald  Wliite  died,  aged  18. 

July  21.  Catharine,  wife   of  Daniel  31cGraw,  died,  aged  G2 John 

Vickers  died,  aged  66 Mrs.  Catharine  Slaughter  died,  aged  75 

Mary  Harris  died,  aged  17 John  Topp   died,  aged  54. 

July22.  Alfred  Siggs  died,  aged  36 John  McCIintock  Jr.  died  at 

Washington,  aged  25. 

July  24.  Martin  Van  Buren,  some  time  a  resident  of  Albany,  died  at 
Kinderhook,  aged  80.     His  residence,  while  governor  of  this  state   was 
the  Stevenson  House,  represented  on  page  15  of  this  volume. 
July  25.  Elizabeth,  widow  of  James  Waugh,  died,  aged  81. 
July  26.  Jacob  Ten  Eyck  died,  aged  91.     He  was  bora  on  the  17th  of 
February,  1772,   and   had   therefore   reached  the   extraordinary   age  of 
ninety  years,  five  months  and  nine   days.     Mr.  Ten  Eyck  was  born  in 
Montgomery  street,  Albany,  in  the  house  subsequently  occupied  by  the 
Rev.  Mr.  Mayer.     He  lived  in  that  house  until  the  6th  of  March,   1795, 
when  he  married  Miss  Magdalina  Gansevoort.     When  about  twenty-three 
years  of  age  he  experienced  religion,  and  became  attached  to  the  Dutch 
Church,  then  standing  at  the  foot  of  State  street.     Since  the  demolition 
of  that  structure  he  has  been  a  constant  attendant  at  the  North  Dutch 
Church,  and  a  communicant  full  sixty-seven  years.     About  1800  Mr.  Ten 
Eyck  took  up  his  residence  at  the  mansion  at  Whitehall  (which  is  onlv  a 
short  distance  from  this  city),  where  he  has  ever  since  lived.     In  his  early 
years  he  occupied  some  important  positions  in  society,  but  for  fifty  years 
he  has  lived  to  enjoy  life  with  his  family  and  friends.     During  1800, 
1801,  1802  and  1803   he  represented  this  county  in  the  state  assembly', 
and  in  1807  he  was  appointed  judge  of  this  county,  which  position  he  held 
until   1812,  a  period  of  five  years.     Since  then  he  has  frequently  been 
called  upon  to  represent  his  town  in  the  board  of  supervisors. 

July  28.  Adjt.  John  H.  Russell  died  at  Philadelphia  of  wounds  re- 
ceived  in  battle,   aged    26 Mary   Russell,   wife    of  Dr.   Peter   Van 

OLinda,   died,  aged  57 John  D.  Brown  died,  aged  25 Bradford 


W.  Hand  died  at  Hartland,  N.  Y.,  formerly  alderman  in  this  city 
July  29.  The  supervisors  held   a    meeting   and   resolved  to   \ 


pay  |p50 


116  Notes  from  the  Newspajpers.  1862. 

bounty  for  enlistments  in  addition  to  the  state  and  government  bounty 

John  Anderson  died,  aged  50 Timothy  Cronau   died,  aged  47 

Capt.  A.  P.  Springer  died,  aged  54. 

July  31.  Parson  Brownlow,  so  called,  lectured  on  his  sufferings  among 

the  rebels This  evening  about  7  o'clock  a  terrific  storm  of  rain  and 

hail  passed  over  this  city  from  the  north.  It  raged  for  upwards  of  half 
an  hour,  and  was  productive  of  considerable  damage  to  the  crops  and  fruit 

trees  in  the  country.     The  hail  stones  fell  thick  and  fast William  C. 

Russell  died,  aged "^38 Frederick  Delamater  died  at  West  Township, 

aged  51. 

[From  this  date  the  facts  and  occurrences  are  gathered  from  all  of  the  city  pa- 
papers.  Credit  is  usually  given  for  long  articles  taken  wholly  from  a  single  paper.] 

Aug.  1.  A  meeting  of  the  regimental  war  committee  was  held  at  the 
City  Hall,  at  which  Mayor  Perry  presided,  for  the  purpose  of  nominating 
a  colonel  for  the  Albany  regiment,  at  which,  on  motion  of  Judge  Alex. 
S.  Johnson,  Lieut.  Lewis  0.  Morris  was  selected  for  the  position,  and  Major 
John  T.  Sprague  recommended  for  promotion  to  brigadier  general.  Capt. 
Hale  Kingsley  was  nominated  for  lieutenant  colonel  of  the  regiment.  At 
the  same  time  a  large  and  enthusiastic  meeting  of  the  third  and  fourth  wards 
was  held  at  the  Steam  boat  square,  for  the  purpose  of  dedicating  a  ivigwam 
to  serve  as  a  recruiting  station.  Dr.  Peter  P.  Staats  presided,  and  addresses 

were  made  by  Messrs.  Clark  B.  Cochrane  and   Isaac  Vanderpool 

Clarence  H.  Stevens,  son  of  Cyrus  Stevens,  died  at  Harrison  Lauding  of 
wounds  received  in  battle.  He  was  a  member  of  Co.  I,  54th  regiment  N. 
Y.  S.  Volunteers,  and  was  aged  19  years  25  days. 

Aug.  2.  l)r.  John  Swinburne,  who  was  captured  by  the  Confederates 
at  Savage's  station  and  taken  to  liichmond,  returned  to  this  city.  He 
was  in  charge  of  the  general  hospital  when  it  was  taken  by  the  enemy, 
and  determined  to  accompany  the  sick  and  wounded,  with  whom  he  re- 
mained until  he  could  be  spared. 

Aug  3.  Louisa  F.  Mickle,  wife  of  Theodore  Townsend,  died  at  Bay 
Lawn,  near  Flushing,  Long  Island,  and  was  buried  there. 

Aug.  4.  The  company  first  filled  under  the  call  of  the  president  was 
that  of  the  eighth  ward.  The  commissions  of  its  officers  were  issued  this 
day,  as  follows  :  Joseph  M.  Murphy,  captain ;  Abram  Sickles,  1st  lieu- 
tenant;  John  B.  Bead,  2d  lieutenant Margaret  Cullins  died,  aged  45. 

Aug.  5.  The  Rev.  A.  A.  Farr,  chaplain  of  the  18th  regiment,  returned 
home  in  ill  health.     Unable  to  obtain  a  furlough  he  was  forced  to  resign 

his  oflice,  much  to  the  regret  of  the  regiment Temperature  reached 

9G  degrees  in  the  shade;  the  warmest  day  of  the  season Lieut.  Col.  J. 

J.  Peforest,  of  the  81st  regiment,  dangerously  wounded  at  the  battle  of 
lair  Oaks,  was  so  far  recovered  as  to  be  able  to  join  his  regiment  on  the 

James  river,  and  was  promoted  to  the  colonelcy  in  place  of  Col.  Rose 

A  severe  and  by  far  the  most  terrific  storm  of  the  season  passed  over  this 
city,  from  east  to  west,  between  4  and  5  o'clock  in  the  afternoon.  The 
rain  fell  in  perfect  torrents,  accompanied  with  hail  and  frequent  peals  of 
thunder,  and  almost  incessant  flashes  of  lightning.  The  streets  were 
flooded,  resembling  creeks,  and  considerable  damage  was  done  in  diflferent 
sections  of  the  city  by  the  inundation  of  cellars  and  the  washing  away  of 
pavements.     The  brick  dwelling  No.  71  South  Pearl  street  was  struck  by 


1862.  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  117 

iiglitning.  At  the  intersection  of  Daniel  and  Hudson  streets  a  large  sec- 
tion of  pavement  was  carried  away,  and  in  several  places  in  State  street 
large  holes  were  made.  Paving  stones  were  carried  by  the  flood  as  though 
they  were  chips,  and  after  it  had  subsided  they  lay  heaped  in  the  more 
level  streets,  completely  filling  the  gutters.  A  large  elm  tree  in  Maiden 
lane,  west  of  Pearl  street,  was  shattered.     The  cellars  in  State,  Canal  and 

Beaver  streets  were  flooded. — Journal A  span   of  horses  driven  by 

Abram  Fondey  got  frightened  by  the  breaking  of  a  bolt,  ran  down  State 
street,  disengaged  themselves  of  the  wagon  at  Broadway,  and  made  a  clean 
jump  of  fifteen  feet  into  the  river,  clearing  a  raft  of  logs  moored  to  the 
dock.     The  horses  were  valuable,  and  were   saved   by   being  conducted 

across  the  river  to  a  place  where  they  could  be  safely  got  out Hugh 

Tracey  died,  aged  63 David  Goddeu  died,  aged  49. 

Aug.  6.  Samuel  Harmar  died Michael  J.  Connorton  died,  aged  29. 

Aug.  7.  Alexander  B.  McDoual  died,  aged  19 Wessel  Gansevoort 

died  at  Danby,  Vt.,  aged  80.  He  was  a  son  of  Gen.  Peter  Gansevoort  of 
the  revolution,  and  was  buried  from  the  residence  of  his  brother  in 
Washington  street William  Campbell  died,  aged  27. 

Aug.  9.  Edward  Gay  sailed  for  Europe  to  pursue  the  study  of  painting, 

in  which  art  he  had  already  acquired  notable  skill The  tenth  ward 

company,  Capt.  Wni.  J.  Thomas,  numbering  85  men,  was  mustered  into 
service.     First  lieutenant,  John  Morris;   Second  lieutenant,  Howard  N. 

Rogers James  Bogue  was   killed  at   Mono,   California,  by  the  caving 

of  a  bank  of  earth  in  a  mining  claim.  His  age  was  25.  He  was  for- 
merly employed    here    by   the    Central    rail    road,    and    was    a   man    of 

exemplary  habits,  and  esteemed  by  his  acquaintances Francis  Henry 

Battersby  died,  aged  25. 

Aug.  10.  Mary  Ann  Dewey,  wife  of  S.  G.  Chase,  died,  aged  54  years, 
4  months,  13  days David  Bringold  died,  aged  48. 

Aug.  11.  A  meeting  of  military  exempts  was  held  at  the  City  Hall,  to 

form  a  regiment  of  citizens   between  the   ages  of  45   and  GO At  a 

meeting  of  the  directors  of  the  Commercial  Bank,  Eliphalet  Wickes  was 

elected  cashier  in  place  of  Visscher  Ten  Eyck,  resigned Patrick  M. 

McCall,  formerly  alderman  of  the  8th  ward,  died,  aged  58.  A  meetino- 
of  the  common  council  was  held  in  the  evening,  which  passed  resolu- 
tions commendatory  of  the  character  of  the  deceased,  and  directed  the 
council  chamber  to  be  draped. 

Aug.  12.   Daniel  Turner  died,  aged  60. 

Aug.  13.  It  was  announced  that  75  printers  and  13  bookbinders  had 
volunteered  under  the  call  for  300,000  recruits,  which  was  full  one-third 
of  the  whole  number  engaged  at  those  trades  in  the  city.  The  regiment 
required  of  this   county  was   now  more   than   full,   and    enlistment  was 

suspended,  except  that  which  was  carried  on  to  fill  up  old  regiments 

Gen.  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer  had  been  one  of  the  most  liberal  of  our 
citizens  in  his  contributions  in  aid  of  the  war.  The  fact  is  not  generally 
known,  for  he  is  not  one  of  those  who  trumpet  their  good  deeds.  We 
hear  from  a  citizen  of  the  seventh  ward,  who  knows,  that  he  contributed 
enough  money  to  obtain  thirty  recruits  for  that  ward ;  and  we  also  learn 
from  another  quarter  that  he  has  contributed  one  thousand  dollars  to  the 
war  fund  in  the  town  of  Watervliet.  We  presume  he  has  given  more  in 
other  directions. 


118  Notes  from  the  Neimpojpers.  1862. 

Aug.  14.  Francis  E.  Thompson  died,  aged  75 Maria,  wife  of  Paul 

Moore,  died,  aged  49 Charles  H.  Dougherty,  son  of  the  late  William 

W.  Dougherty,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Orange,  N.  J.,  aged  50,  and 
was  brought  to  Albany  for  interment. 

xiug.  15.  Thirty  recruits  left  the  city  to  join  the  Havelock  battery. 

Aug.  16.  The  barbecue  given  by  the  citizens  of  the  eighth  ward  to 
Capt.  Murphy's  company,  on  the  grounds  adjoining  St.  Joseph's  Church, 
in  Ten  Broeck  street,  this  afternoon,  was  a  very  successful  and  pleasant 
aifair.  In  the  afternoon  the  company,  carrying  a  banner  inscribed,  Com- 
pany A  — Eighth  Ward  the  Banner  Ward,  marched  through  the  principal 
streets  and  thence  to  the  pleasant  grounds  selected.  Here  a  large  tent 
was  erected,  capable  of  accommodating  from  800  to  1,000  persons,  which 
was  filled  to  its  utmost  capacity.  The  tables,  which  accommodated  two 
hundred  at  a  time,  were  filled  with  a  profusion  of  substantial  and  deli- 
cacies, and  decorated  with  fruits  and  flowers,  contributed  by  the  ladies  of 
the  ward,  whose  efforts  and  presence  made  the  afi"air  an  entire  success. 
After  ample  justice  had  been  done  to  the  bountiful  feast,  John  Costigan 
was  named  for  chairman,  and  H.  N.  Wickes  for  secretary.  Mr.  Costigan, 
on  taking  the  chair,  made  a  few  stirring  remarks,  congratulating  the  ward 
on  raising  the  first  company  for  the  Albany  regiment.  Mr.  C.  concluded 
by  introducing  Isaac  Edwards  Esq.,  who,  in  a  neat  speech,  presented 
swords,  belts,  &c.,  to  Capt.  Murphy  and  Lieut.  Reed,  each  of  whom  ap- 
propriately acknowledged  the  compliment.  Addresses  were  also  made 
by  a  returned  soldier,  whose  name  we  did  not  learn,  and  by  H.  B.  Has- 
well  Esq  .  The  party  then  dispersed,  and  the  company  then  reformed 
and  marched  through  the  grounds  of  Thomas  W.  Olcott  Esq.,  and  thence 
throughout  the  ward.  More  than  twelve  baskets  of  excellent  provisions 
that  had  not  been  touched  were  gathered  from  the  tables  and  sent  to  the 
barracks.  The  whole  affair  reflected  credit  upon  the  citizens  of  the  eighth, 
and  more  especially  upon  the  ladies  under  whose  judicious  management 
it  was  consummated. —  Times. 

Aug.  17.  The  funeral  of  Lieut.  James  Kinnear,  who  died  at  James 
Island  from  wounds  received  at  the  battle  of  that  place,  took  place  this 
afternoon.  It  was  attended  by  the  10th  regiment,  Col.  Aiusworth,  and 
by  the  entire  fire  department,  who  turned  out  with  full  ranks,  besides 
the  1,'avidson  Hose  Co.,  an  independent  organization.  The  pall  bearers 
were  members  of  No.  6,  to  which  company  he  formerly  belonged.  The 
funeral  procession  was  unusually  large  and  imposing.  In  the  line  were 
three  bands  of  music —  Schreiber's,  the  brigade,  and  Cooke's.     It  was  a 

fitting  demonstration  of  respect  to  the  memory  of  the  gallant  dead 

Bishop  McClosky  having  returned  from  Europe,  pontifical  high  mass  was 
celebrated  at  the  Cathedral.  The  spacious  edifice  was  crowded  to  its  ut- 
most capacity.  A  very  interesting  discourse  was  preached  by  the  bishop, 
in  which  he  gave  an  account  of  his  visit  to  Rome  and  the  imposing  cere- 
monials at  the  recent  meeting  of  the  clergy  there  from  all  parts  of  the 
world.     The  music  was  superb,  and  the  exercises  throughout  were  of  the 

most  interesting   character George   H.   Morrcll   died,  aged  20 

Thomas  P.  Murphy  died,  aged  57 Mary,  wife  of  Daniel   Lacy,  died, 

aged  50. 

Aug.  18.  The  ('ity  of  Hudson  steam  boat,  which  had  been  running  a 
few   day    Ijetwcen   this  city  and   ('atskill.  was  taken   fur  government  use, 


1862.  Notes  from  the  NeiD8pa])ers.  119 

much  to  the  loss  of  trade  and  the  inconvenience  of  residents  along  the 
river Lemuel  Jenkins  died,  aged  72. 

Aug.  19.  The  board  of  supervisors  held  a  meeting  to  consider  the  pro- 
priety of  continuing  the  bounty  of  |50  to  volunteers  ;  but  on  discussing 
the  resolutions  in  favor  of  the  measure  which  had  been  introduced,  a  con- 
troversy grew  up  about  some  local  matters  which  resulted  in  an  adjourn- 
ment without  any  action  being  taken  on  the  business  before  the  meeting. 

They  met  again  in  the  afternoon,  and  voted  the   bounty The   steam 

boat  New  World  was  disabled,  on  her  way  up  the  river,  by  the  breaking 
of  a  crank  pin,  and  her  passengers  arrived  about  11  o'clock  on  the  Heu- 

drik  Hudson The  113th  regiment,  raised  in  Albany  county,  departed 

for  Washington  at  8  o'clock  in  the  evening.  The  streets  through  which 
they  marched  were  thronged  with  people,  who  cheered  them  at  every 
point.  The  following  are  the  officers,  the  lieutenant  colonel  not  having 
been  selected  :  Colonel,  Lewis  0.  Morris  ;  Major,  Edward  A.  Spring- 
steed ;  Adjutant,  Frederick  F.  Tremain  ;  Quartermaster,  Willard  Smith; 
Sergeant  Major,  William  Stevens.  Line  officers  :  Captains,  Murphy, 
Jones,  Morris,  McCulloch,  Moore,  Bell,  Shannon,  Pruyn,  Maguire,  Ana- 
ble.  1st  Lieutenants,  Sickles,  Kennedy,  Rogers,  Shurr,  Lockrow,  Wright, 
O'Hare,  McEwen,  Dushame,  Barclay.  2d  Lieutenants,  Reed,  Orr,  Bell, 
Coulson,  Mount,  Mullen,  Ball,  Hobbs,  Pettit,  Krank. 

Aug.  20.  Elizabeth,  widow  of  the  late  John  Thornton,  died,  aged  67. 

Aug.  22.  The  remains  of  Gen.  — — -  Williams,  who  was  killed  at  Baton 
Rouge,  passed  through  this  city.  He  was  born  in  Albany  in  1815,  the 
family  having  moved  hither  from  Detroit  at  the  breaking  out  of  the  war  of 
1812.  He  was  the  son  of  Gen.  John  R.  Williams,  who  emigrated  to  Mich- 
igan early  in  the  pi-esent  century.  The  deceased  hero  graduated  at  West 
Point  in  1838,  and  served  in  Florida,  Mexico  and  Utah.  He  held  Fort 
Hatteras,  N.  C.,  until  Gen.  Butler's  expedition  was  got  up.  He  accom- 
panied that  expedition,  and  took  a  leading  part  in  all  that  has  since  been 
accomplished  in  that  region.  His  remains  passed  through  this  city  on 
Thursday,  having  arrived  by  the  day  boat  en  route  to  Detroit.  Ignorance 
of  the  fact  of  their  coming  alone  prevented  proper  demonstrations  of  re- 
spect to  his  memory  by  our  citizens Margaret  Van  Wie  died,  aged  79. 

Aug.  23.  AVilliam  Burns  died,  aged  29. 

Aug.  24.  Frederick  Becher  died,  aged  71 Daniel  F.  Williams,  re- 
cently a  conductor  on  the  Central  rail  road,  died  at  Pomfret,  Conn. 

Aug.  25.   A  large  number  of  merchants  closed  their  stores  at  3  o'clock 

in  the  afternoon,  to  assist  in  recruiting  for  the   army Julia,  wife  of 

John  Lanigan,  died,  aged  67 Anna  Wilbur  died,  aged  79. 

Aug.  27.  Dier  Xewton  died,  aged  79  years,  5  months  and  21  days 

Elizabeth,  wife  of  Dennis  Donovan  died,  aged  32. 

Aug.  28.     Lyiuan  Chapin,  of  the  late  firm  of  Rathbone  k  Chapin,  died 

at  Long  Branch,  of  apoplexy,  af>ed  69 ..Stephen  M.  Clarke  died,  aged 

42. 

Aug.  29.  Thomas  Dunnigan,  a  sergeant  in  the  30th  regiment,  was  killed 
in  battle  by  a  shot  through  the  head. 

Aug.  30.  Col.  E.  Frisby,  of  the  30th  regiment,  was  killed  in  action  near 
Centreville,  Va.  He  was  at  the  head  of  his  regiment  on  the  memorable 
Saturday  when  the  second  battle  of  Bull  Run  was  fought,  urging  his  men 
forward,  they  having  received  an  order  to  charge  at  double  quick.     While 


120  Notes  from  the  Neicsjjapers.  1862. 

thus  discharging  his  duty  a  ball  struck  him  on  the  lower  jaw,  passing 
through  his  face.  He  did  not  fall  from  his  horse  but  grasped  the  reins 
firmly"  Major  Chrysler,  noticing  that  his  colonel  had  been  wounded, 
hurried  to  his  side  arid  said  to  him,  "  Colonel,  you  are  hit !"  Col.  F.,  the 
blood  streaming  from  his  shattered  jaw,  immediately  responded,  "  Major, 
to  your  post  I"  and,  brandishing  his  sword,  started  his  horse  up.  Scarcely 
had  he  uttered  the  words  of  command,  when  he  was  struck  on  top  of  the 
head  with  another  ball,  which  passed  through  and  came  out  on  the  oppo- 
site side,  killing  him  instantly.  He  dropped  from  his  horse,  and  the 
remnant  of  his  regiment,  which  had  been  in  the  hottest  of  the  fight,  was 
forced  to  fall  back,  leaving  the  remains  of  their  heroic  commander  on  the 
field  of  battle.  Four  days  after  his  body  was  interred  by  the  surgeon  of 
the  22d  N.  Y.  S.  Volunteers.  When  the  common  council  committee 
reached  Washington,  Monday  morning  last,  they  learned  that  the  body 
had  been  interred  on  the  battle  field,  and  that  a  regiment  had  been  sent 
out  to  bury  our  dead.  No  intelligence  was  received  from  the  regiment 
during  Monday,  and  Col.  Harcourt  then  resolved  to  go  to  the  battle  field. 
He  procured  the  necessary  passes  for  himself  and  Major  Chrysler,  and 
early  Tuesday  morning  left  the  city  in  a  carriage.  They  proceeded  as  far 
as  Bailey's  Cross  Roads,  where  they  met  the  regiment  returning  with  the 
body  of  Col.  Frisby.  The  body  of  Col.  F.  was  found  in  the  precise  spot 
where  the  surgeon  of  the  22d  stated  he  buried  it,  with  a  board  at  the  head 
marked  Col.  Frisby.  On  arriving  in  Washington  the  committee  at  once 
made  arrangements  for  embalming  the  body,  a  process  which  required 
some  considerable  time.  They  left  Washington  Wednesday  afternoon  at 
5  o'clock,  and  came  direct  to  New  York  without  stopping,  arriving  there 
yesterday  morning,  too  late  for  the  early  train.  The  remains  were  re- 
moved to  the  Hudson  river  rail  road  depot,  when  the  committee  was  in- 
formed that  the  body  could  not  be  sent  forward  without  permission  from 
the  city  inspector.  Col.  Harcourt,  after  considerable  running  and  hard 
work,  succeeded  in  procuring  the  document,  and  left  New  York. — Ex- 
press   Private  John  McDonald,  of  the  30th  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  Volun- 
teers, was  instantly  killed  in  action  on  the  oOth  of  August.  He  died  as 
a  true  Albany  boy,  with  his  back  to  the  field  and  his  face  to  the  foe, 
young,  handsome  and  brave ;  all  who  knew  him  lamented  his  death. 
Hardly  fifteen  years  of  age  in  April,  '61,  he  marched  with  the  25th  to 
Washington,  and  upon  its  return  enlisted  in  the  D'Epeneul  Zouaves,  and 
uncomplainingly  shared  their  privations  and  mishaps  in  the  voyage  to 
Hatteras,  and  when  disbanded  joined  the  30th  regiment,  in  whose  ranks 

he  bravely  battled  and  nobly  died William  Gleason  died,  aged  40. 

Aug.  31.  This  was  probably  the  most  remarkable  Sunday  ever  witnessed 
in  Albany.  Large  crowds  of  both  sexes  were  gathered  in  State  street, 
where  Mr.  Mayo,  of  the  Unitarian  church,  and  Messrs.  Fulton  and  Strat- 
ton,  of  the  Methodist  church,  and  Hon.  Clark  K.  Cochrane,  addressed 
them.  The  recruiting  stations  were  all  open,  and  war  was  the  universal 
theme.  Bounties  ran  as  high  as  #250,  and  a  considerable  number  of  re- 
cruits came  forward  and  enrolled  their  names Harriet  Van  Rensselaer 

Bouw  died   at  the   Manor  House,  aged   21 Ellen,  wife  of  Patrick 

Brady,  died,  aged  03 Ijcmuel  Sherman  died,  aged  56 Marilla  B. 

Petrie,  wife  of  Sebastian  M.  Craver,  died,  aged  25 Christopher  Little 

died,  aged  65. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspai^ers.  121 

Sept,  1.  We  make  the  following  synopsis  from  the  quarterly  report  of 
the  Alms  House  superintendent,  Mr.  Owen  G-olden  : 

Total  number   of   weeks'  board  furnished   during  the  months  of 
May,  June  and  July,  5,717. 

Number  of  inmates  in  the  institution  on  May  1st, 542 

Since  admitted, 268 

810 
Since  discharged, 398 

Remaining, 412 

Expenditures  for  the  different  months : 

May,  $3,979  77 

June, 1,505  01 

July, 2,069  48 

$7,554  26 
Receipts  for  months  of  June  and  July,  $80.60. 

The  whole  number  of  persons  treated  at  that  institution  for  diseases  was 
342,  of  whom  253  were  discharged,  14  died,  and  75  remain.  In  the  ly- 
ing in  department  there  were  7  births  and  no  deaths.  In  the  children's 
department  69  cases  were  treated  and  5  died.     In  the  insane  department 

33  patients  were  admitted,  30  were  discharged  and  3   died John  K. 

Wylie  died,  jjged  33 Thomas  Oliver,  aged  42,  fell  from  the  pier  and 

was  drowned Capt.  Philip  S.  Van  Vechteu,  youngest  son  of  the  late 

Teunis  Ten  Broeck  Van  Vechten,  died  at  Shanghai,  China,  of  dysentery. 

Sept.  2.  Elizabeth  Reid  died,  aged  79 Charles  Traver  died,  aged 

83 Lieut.  James  Reid  died,  a  member  of  the  25th  regiment,  N.  Y.  S. 

M.,  in  the  first  three  months'  call.  Upon  the  return  of  that  regiment  he 
joined  the  D'Epineul  Zouaves  as  a  sergeant.  When  that  regiment  was 
disbanded  his  company  attached  themselves  to  the  17th  regiment  N.  Y. 
S.  v.,  with  young  Reid  as  second  lieutenant.  Reid  was  formerly  a  clerk 
with  Van  Heusen  &  Charles. 

Sept.  3.  Amos  Adams  resigned  the  office  of  chief  of  police,  and  G-eorge 

B.  Johnson  was  elected There  was   a  considerable   frost,  the  first  of 

the  season,  in  the  neighborhood  of  the  city,  which  damaged  many  tender 
vines.     The  temperature  in  some  places  was  3  degrees  below   freezing 

point Captain  Vanderlip,  of  the  44th  regiment,  wounded  in  June  at 

the  Hanover  Court  House  fight,  reached  home   badly  crippled John 

Clinton  De  Witt  died  at  Fairfax  Seminary  hospital,  in  Virginia,  of  ty- 
phoid fever,  aged  25. 

Sept.  4.  A  fire  broke  out  before  1  o'clock  in  the  morning  in  the  cooper 
shop  of  John  Pennie  Jr.,  in  Herkimer  street,  which  destroyed  that  estab- 
lishment and  four  houses  on  South  Lansing  street A  meeting  of  citi- 
zens of  the  4th  ward  was  held  at  the  Baptist  Church  in  North  Pearl 
street,  where  $3,100  were  subscribed  to  the  support  of  the  families  of  volun- 
teers in  the  army Mary,  wife  of  Peter  Fitzpatrick,  died George 

K.  Sparhawk  died,  aged  2J. 

Sept.  5.  Anthony  Donohoe,  aged  33,  was  killed  by  the  ftilling  of  a  pile 

of  boards  upon  him  at  a  lumber  yard John  Lee  died,  aged  06 

Beecher  B.  Bradwell  died,  aged  18 Margaret  Riley  died,  aged  75. 

Sept.  6.  William  Ogden  Mclntyre  was  drowned,  aged  18 William 

P.  McEwen,  aged  39,  died  at  New  Orleans,  where  he  had  resided  18  years. 

Hist.  Coll  a.  16 


122  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

Sept.  7.  Isabella,  wife  of  Samuel  Paul,  died,  aged  53 Lieutenant 

Charles  B.  Pierson,  of  the  22d  regiment,  died  at  Washington  of  wounds 
received  at  the  battle  of  iManassas.  aged  25.  He  was  wounded  in  the 
neck  on  Saturday,  and  laid  on  the  field  till  the  following  Tuesday.  His 
funeral  took  place  here  on  the  15th,  and  was  attended  by  Co.  B  and  the 
Masonic  fraternity. 

Sept.  9.  The  firemen  of  the  city  presented  to  the  chief  engineer,  James 
McQuade.  a  silver  trumpet  weighing  92  ounces,  value  $500,  as  a  token  of 
appreciation  and  esteem. 

Sept.  10.  William  McClaskey  died. 

Sept.  11.  Col.  George  W.  Pratt,  of  the  20th  N.  Y.  S.  Militia,  died  in 
this  city,  whence  he  had  been  brought  from  the  battle  field.  His  death 
resulted  from  paralysis  caused  by  the  explosion  of  a  shell  near  his  person 
in  the  action  of  August  29th,  while  he  was  gallantly  leading  his  regiment. 
No  wound  was  inflicted,  but  his  whole  system  was  paralyzed,  and  he  was 
insensible  most  of  the  time  after  he  was  stricken  down.  He  died  at  the 
residence  of  his  mother-in-law,  Mrs.  Benjamin  Tibbits,  corner  of  Hawk 
and  Lancaster  streets.  He  was  a  young  man  of  great  promise.  He  had 
served  as  state  senator  with  ability  and  integrity.  He  was  a  merchant  of 
enterprise  and  wealth.  He  was  of  cultivated  understanding  and  engaging 
manners.  He  had  a  knowledge  of  many  different  languages,  and  was  a 
member  of  the  leading  scientific  societies  in  this  country  and  in  Europe, 
and  had  received  the  degree  of  LL.D.  from  a  leading  German  University. 
His  library,  in  the  department  of  eastern  literature,  was  the  best  in  the 
country.  He  had  the  Bible  in  thirty-two  languages.  His  military  am- 
bition and  his  patriotism  called  him  to  the  field  on  the  outbreak  of  the 
civil  war,  and  he  hastened  to  the  support  of  the  government  at  the  head 
of  the  20th  regiment,  of  which  he  was  colonel.  He  was  only  called  to  a 
three  months'  service  ;  but  he  enlisted  for  the  war,  and  had  served  with 
distinction  through  the  long  campaign,  when  he  received  his  fatal  wound, 
on  the  disastrous  field  of  Manassas.  He  was  beloved  and  confided  in  by 
his  soldiers  ;  and  the  army  will  miss  him,  for  he  was  one  of  the  class  most 
needed  —  a  high-toned,  conscientious  and  gallant  soldier.     He  was  but 

thirty-two  years  of  age. — Argus Harmin   W.   Visscher   died  at  the 

hospital  in  Georgetown,  D.  C.,  aged  23.  Upon  the  breaking  out  of  the 
rebellion  he  joined  the  Burgesses  Corps,  and  accompanied  them  to  AVash- 
ington  in  defence  of  the  national  capital,  where  he  remained  until  the  25th 
regiment,  to  which  the  corps  was  attached,  was  discharged.  He  returned 
to  his  home  and  the  city  of  his  birth  full  of  military  ardor,  and  the  day 
previous  to  the  departure  of  the  44th  he  joined  that  regiment,  to  which 
he  was  attached  up  to  the  time  of  his  death.  He  was  shot  through  the 
breast  and  was  left  on  the  battle  field  for  dead,  and  remained  there  for  a 
long  time,  until  conveyed  to  the  hospital.  In  a  letter  to  his  parents,  dic- 
tated by  himself  and  written  by  a  friend,  he  appeared  sanguine  of  his  ulti- 
mate recovery,  but  a  note  appended  by  his  nurse  gave  them  but  little  to 
hope  for.  He  was  a  true  patriot  and  a  brave  soldier.  He  was  a  young  man 
of  excellent  attainments  and  was  universally  esteemed.  It  may  be  grati- 
fying to  his  numerous  friends  to  know  that  his  mother  was  with  him  in 

his  last  moments The  remains  of  Col.  Frisby  were  brought  to  the  city 

by  steam  boat,  and  conveyed  to  the  residence  of  his  family  without  cere- 
mony  Thomas  F.  Finn  died,  aged  19. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newsimpers.  123 

Sept.  12.  Funeral  of  Col.  Edward  Frisby.  The  military  escort  took 
the  cars  at  North  Ferry  street  for  the  cemetery.  During  the  movement 
of  the  funeral  cortege  all  places  of  business  were  closed,  the  flags  were 
flying  at   half  mast,  the  bells  were  tolled,  and  minute  guns  fired,  the 

streets  meanwhile  being  densely   crowded  with   spectators William 

Nordin  died,  aged  32 Elizabeth  C.,  widow  of  Gen.  Isaac  M.  Scher- 

merhorn,  died  in  New  York. 

Sept.  13.  John  Reiley  died,  aged 43 Louisa Linsenboltz  died, aged 20. 

Sept.  14.  Rev.  Daniel  Waldo,  from  Syracuse,  preached  in  the  Second 
Presbyterian  Church.  He  was  100  years  of  age  on  the  11th  of  the 
present  month,  and  enjoying  the  faculties  of  his  mind  and  body  in  vigor, 
was  an  extraordinary  instance  of  human  longevity,  which  called  together 

a  large  and  attentive  audience Funeral  of  Col.  Gr.  W.  Pratt.     The 

day  was  pleasant,  and  an  immense  concourse  of  people  were  in  the  streets 
to  witness  the  imposing  pageant.  Flags  were  hung  at  half  mast;  guns 
were  fired  during  the  day,  and  the  bells  were  tolled  during  the  funeral 
march.  The  remains  were  buried  from  St.  Peter's  Church,  where  im- 
pressive services  took  place,  under  direction  of  Rt.  Rev.  Bishops  Alonzo 
and  Horatio  Potter.  The  procession  moved  from  the  church  in  the  fol- 
lowing order  : 

Detachment  of  Police. 
Military  Escort. 
Band. 
10th  Regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  N.  G.,  including  the  Albany  Burgesses  Corps, 
Col.  Ainsworth  commanding. 
HEARSE, 
Flanked  by  Pall  Bearers  and  the  Masonic  Lodge  of  Kingston. 
Horse  of  deceased,  led  by  private  servant. 
Col.  Wright  and  Stafi". 
Brig.  Gen.  Sampson  and  StaiF. 
Historical  Society  of  Kingston. 
Mayor  and  Common  Council  of  Kingston. 
Mayor  and  Common  Council  of  Albany. 
Masonic  Order. 
Friends  of  the  deceased  residing  in  Kingston  and  Catskill. 
Family  and  friends  of  deceased,  in  carriages. 
Citizens. 
The  whole  was  under  the  command  of  Col.  Bryan,  assisted  by  Lieut. 
Col.  Chamberlain   and  Quartermaster  Rathbone,  of  the  10th  regiment. 
The  line  was  formed  on  the  south  side  of  State  street,  right  resting  on 
Chapel  street,  at  half  past   one  o'clock.      The  procession   moved   down 
State  street  to  Broadway,  up  Broadway  to  Ferry,  where  a  halt  was  made 
to  allow  the  military  and  other  associations  to  take  the  cars  for  the  ceme- 
tery.    The  steamer  Manhattan  arrived  yesterday  morning  from  Rondout 
with   some  six   hundred   citizens  of  that   place,    Kingston  and  vicinity. 
Among  them  were  the  Masonic  lodges  of  those  places,  which,  with  the 
lodges  of  this  city,  constituted  one  of  the  most  imposing  features  of  the 
procession.     The  pageant  was  a  fitting  demonstration   of  respect  to  the 
memory  of  a  young  and   gallant  ofiicer  and  citizen  of  intellectual  and 
moral  worth.     Following  so  closely  upon  the  burial  of  another  of  Albany's 
gallant  dead,  it  brought  home,  in  an  impressive  manner,  upon  the  citizens 


124  Notes  frmn  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

of  Albany,  the  horrible  realities  of  war. —  Times  &  Courier George 

Martin,  of  Co.  K,  18th  regiment,  was  shot  through  the  heart  at  the  battle 
of  Crampton  Gap.  He  was  well  known  in  this  city.  He  had  passed 
through  all   the   battles  of  the  Peninsula  with  McClellan's  army.     Ho 

leaves  a  wife  and  child  and  many  friends   to  mourn  his  loss James 

Dignum  died,  aged  62. 

Sept.  15.  Between  7  and  8  o'clock  in  the  evening  Archibald  Young 
commenced  firing  a  salute  of  one  hundred  guns,  and  at  the  same  time  all 
the  bells  in  the  city  commenced  ringing,  in  honor  of  the  brilliant  victory 
achieved  by  Gen.  McClellan  and  his  gallant  army.  The  people  through- 
out the  city  at  once  directed  their  steps  towards  State  street,  and  in  ten 
minutes'  time  that  avenue  was  literally  packed  with  people.  Bonfires 
were  kindled  at  diiferent  points,  and  fireworks  were  discharged  throughout 
the  city.  The  bells  were  rung  for  an  hour,  and  such  a  scene  of  wild  en- 
thusiasm was  never  before  witnessed  in  this  city.  Old  and  young,  male 
and  female,  joined  in  the  impromptu  jubilee.  It  was  an  eventful  occa- 
sion, one  that  will  long  be  remembered,  and  showed  how  deeply  all  our 

people  are  interested  in  the  events  now  transpiring. — Journal John 

C.  Irvine  died,  aged  22. 

Sept.  16.  Peter  Watts  died,  aged  37 Honora  Sullivan,  wife  of  John 

St.  Clair,  died,  aged  33 John  McCaffrey,  a  lieutenant  in  the  104th 

regiment,  died  at  Washington  of  a  wound  received  in  battle.  He  had 
been  foreman  of  Engine  Co.  No.  12.  His  remains  reached  the  city  on 
the  24th,  and  were  buried  on  the  26th. 

Sept.  17.  The  funeral  of  Harmin  Visscher  Jr.  was  attended  by  the 
Burgesses  Corps  and  other  military  companies,  and  the  entire  fire  de- 
partment  Col.  Corcoran,  who  had  distinguished  himself  in  the  war, 

and  was  long  detained  a  prisoner  by  the  confederates,  visited  Albany,  and 
was  received  at  the  ferry  by  a  detachment  of  the  25th  regiment  and  the 
war  committee,  and  conducted  to  Congress  Hall.  In  the  evening  a  meet- 
ing was  held  in  the  park,  which  was  addressed  by  Col.   Corcoran   and 

others James  Lacy  was  killed  at  the  battle  of  Antietam,  in  Maryland. 

He  was  one  of  the  first  to  volunteer,  and  passed  through  the  campaign  on 

the  peninsula David  Armour,  aged  21,  was  also  killed  at  Antietam. 

Martin  Dunn  died,  aged  87 James  L.  Maguire  died,  aged  23. 

Sept.  18.  Margaret,  wife  of  John  Manning,  died,  aged  76 Mary, 

wife  of  John  Peacock,  died,  aged  34 Francis  L.  McGuire  died,  aged 

23 Peter  Golden  died,  aged  78. 

Sept.  19.  Five  companies,  recruited  in  this  city  to  fill  up  the  43d  regi- 
ment, left  in  the  evening  for  the  seat  of  war Mrs.  Jane  Bogert,  widow  of 

Killiaen  N.  Van  Rensselaer,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  Milo,  Yates  county, 
aged  80. 

Sept.  20.  The  first  locomotive  was  put  on  the  track  of  the  Albany  and 
Susquehanna  rail  road,  of  which  about  two  miles  of  track  were  completed. 

A  party  of  five  soldiers  from  the  barracks  hired  a  coach  and  went  to 

Troy.  On  their  return,  being  intoxicated,  one  of  them  insisted  on  driv- 
ing, and,  during  a  scuffle  with  the  driver  for  the  reins,  the  coach  was 
backed  into  the  canal  and  four  of  them  droAvned,  as  well  as  the  horses. 

The  men  belonged  to  the  town  of  Berne Carlton  Edwards  died,  aged 

33.  He  was  the  eldest  son  of  James  Edwards,  graduated  at  Union  Col- 
lege, and  studied  law;  but  having  a  predominant  taste  for  literature,  he 
abandoned  the  law,  and  in  1854  became  the  editor  of  the  Albany  Morning 


1862.  Notes  from  ihe  NeiDspapers,  125 

JExjjress,  which  he  conducted  with  distinguished  ability.  He  had  been 
associate  editor  of  the  New  York  Evening  Mirror^  and  was  afterwards  one 
of  the  editors  of  the  Journal  of  Commerce,  in  which  position,  as  night 

editor,  he  sacrificed  his  health,  and  was  cut  down  in  the  prime  of  life 

Rev.  Joseph  A.  Schneller,  formerly  pastor  of  St.  Mary's  Church,  died  in 
Brooklyn,  aged  66  (or  69). 

Sept.  21.  The  congregation  of  St.  Paul's  Church  occupied  their  new 
house  of  worship  in  Lancaster  street  for  the  first  time ;  service  by  the 
rector.  Rev.  Dr.  Rudder. 

Sept.   22.  Clara  Gannet,  wife  of  Alonzo   K.  Yates,  died James 

O'Hara  died,  aged  26 Dr.   Frederick  C.   Adams  died,  aged  40 

Catharine,  wife  of  A.  D.  Chadwick,  died,  aged  o6. 

Sept.  23.  Minot  Henry  Pease  died,  aged  19.  He  was  born  at  Albany, 
N.  Y.,  August  19,  1843.  One  month  after  he  reached  his  eighteenth 
year  he  obtained  the  consent  of  his  father  to  enlist,  which  he  did  at  Fort 
Snelling,  on  the  23d  of  September,  1861,  in  Co.  D,  2d  regiment  Minne- 
sota Volunteers.  He  was  in  the  battle  of  Mill  Springs,  and  was  one  of 
those  who  met  the  enemy  face  to  face,  and  fought  hand  to  hand  over  the 
fence.  Lieut.  Tuttle  writes  his  father  :  "  Your  son  went  into  the  battle 
at  my  side,  and  fought  like  a  man.  He  has  gained  a  name  with  the 
2d  regiment.''  He  was  also  in  the  entrenchments  at  Fort  Donelson,  and 
brought  home  some  trophies  after  presenting  his  officers  with  a  handsome 
secesh  port  folio.  He  was  taken  with  typhoid  fever  at  Louisville,  from 
which  he  partially  recovered,  and,  being  anxious  to  keep  up  with  his  regi- 
ment, joined  in  the  march  of  Gen.  Buel  from  Nashville  to  Pittsburg  Land- 
ing, and  was  on  that  bloody  field  just  after  the  fight.  The  fatigues  and 
exposures  of  this  forced  march  were  too  much,  and  he  was  reduced  by 
chronic  dysentery,  and  forwarded  by  Lieut.  Moulton  to  the  Pacific  Hos- 
pital, St.  Louis,  with  the  first  load  of  wounded  from  that  sanguinary  field. 
On  the  30th  of  April  last  he  obtained  a  furlough,  and  came  home  to  die 
among  his  kindred.  He  received  his  discharge  for  disability  on  the  16th 
of  July.  Since  then  he  has  suffered  extremely,  and  at  last  his  disease  ran 
into  insanity,  from  which  he  only  partially  recovered,  and  which  termi- 
nated his  life. 

Sept.  24.  The  body  of  John  R.  Dickson  was  found  in  the  river. 

Sept.  25.  100  Confederate  prisoners  arrived  from  Washington  for  im- 
prisonment in  the  Penitentiary.     About  40  of  them  were  negroes 

Richard  A.  Stringer,  member  of  Co.  K,  Fire  Zouaves,  diedatsea,  aged  19. 

Sept.  26.  Peter  Van  Buren  died,  aged  76 James  H.  Monaghan 

died,  aged  16. 

Sept.  27.  The  trial  trip  of  the  new  steam  boat  Smith  Briggs  was  made 
with  a  company  of  invited  guests.  The  boat  is  135  feet  long,  28  feet 
beam,  and  72  feet  hold,  and  has  a  beam  engine. 

Sept.  28.  Margaret  L.  Kimbark,  wife  of  Harry  Gibson,  formerly  of 
Albany,  did  at  New  York. 

Sept.  29.  Albert  F.  Goodwin  died,  aged  32 John  G.  Walley,  of 

Co.  F,  44th  regiment,  died  at  Newport,  R.  I  ,  aged  20,  and  was  buried  in 
Bethlehem. 

Sept.  30.  The  following  is  the  number  of  arrests,  as  reported  to  the 
chief  of  police,  made  by  the  police  department  of  this  city  during  the 
quarter  ending  September  30,  1862  :      Arrests  made  by  officers  attached 


126  Notes  frwn  the  NeiospaiJers.  1862. 

to  the  Police  court,  431 ;  First  Police  district,  288  ;  Second  Police  dis- 
trict, 334  ;  Third  Police  district,  108  ;  Fourth  Police  district,  193 ;  total, 

1,354 Charles  F.  Hughes  died  at  Buffalo,  and  was  buried  from  the 

house  of  his  father-in-law,  27  Dallius  street John  Porter  died,  aged  37. 

Oct.  2.  Michael  Welch  died,  aged  89 Harriet  R.  Sheridan  died, 

aged   32 John  C  Koch  fell  dead  while  at  work  in  a  foundry,  from 

apoplexy. 

Oct.  4.  John  McCaughan  died,  aged  46 Margery  Clary,  wife  of  John 

Dobbs,  died,  aged  56 Patrick  Clary  was  drowned  by  falling  overboard. 

Oct.  6.  Maria  S.  Rice,  wife  of  William  S.  Gill,  died,  aged  34. 

Oct.  7.  Caroline  Lee  died,  aged  34 James  Dorney  died,  aged  35. 

John  Stewart  died,  aged  40. 

Oct.  8.  Thermometer  above  90  degrees;  said  to  have  been  the  highest 
temperature  that  had  been  known  in  October  during  30  years. 

Oct.  9.  E.  A.  Higham  died  at  the  hospital  in  Alexandria.  He  first 
went  to  the  war  as  a  member  of  the  25th  regiment,  and  soon  after  its  re- 
turn from  Washington  joined  the  20th  regiment,  commanded  by  the  late 
Col.  Pratt.  He  was  severely  wounded  in  the  leg  at  the  last  battle  of  Bull 
Run,  and  remained  on  the  field  for  two  days  without  assistance  or  nourish- 
ment. He  was  then  removed  to  the  hospital,  but  all  eff"orts  to  enable  him 
to  rally  sufficiently  to  admit  of  amputation  proved  unavailing. 

Oct.  10.  A  number  of  boys  playing  war  near  St.  Joseph's  Church 
broke  one  of  the  splendid  windows  representing  the  immaculate  concep- 
tion, presented  by  Peter  Cagger  Esq. — Standard A   fire  took  place 

in  the  frame  building  corner  of  Quay  and  Maiden  lane,  which  was  much 

damaged Robert  Smith,  one  of  the  oldest  engineers  on  the  rail  road 

from  this  city  to  Boston,  died  at  Greenbush,  aged  45.  He  was  reared 
among  the  Thousand  islands,  in  the  St.  Lawrence,  and  was  in  the  battle 
of  the  Windmill  in  the  Patriot  war,  as  it  was  called,  in  1838. 

Oct.  11.  Ann  Delehanty  died,  aged  61 James  A.  Gibson  died  in 

New  York,  aged  57.  He  was  formerly  a  pilot  on  the  Hudson  river,  and 
was  interred  here. 

Oct.  12.  The  State  Street  Presbyterian  Church  was  dedicated.  It  was 
first  opened  for  the  purpose  at  7:30  p.  M.  The  service  was  begun  by  an 
invocation  by  Rev.  Dr.  Seelye,  of  the  4th  Presbyterian  Church  ;  then  fol- 
lowed a  hymn  ;  residing  of  the  Scriptures  by  the  Rev.  Dr.  Halley,  of  the 
3d  Presbyterian  Church  ;  dedicatory  prayer  by  the  Rev.  Dr.  Campbell, 
of  the  1st  Presbyterian  Church  ;  hymn  ;  sermon  by  the  pastor,  the  Rev, 
A.  S.  Twombly ;  prayer  by  the  Rev.  Dr.  Palmer,   of  the  Congregational 

Church ;  hymn  ;  benediction The  remains  of  Lieut.   McConnell,  of 

Co.  K,  63d  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  who  was  killed  at  Antietam,  arrived 
in  this  city  and  were  interred  in  Cathedral  cemetery.  He  was  adjutant 
of  the  regiment  at  the  time  of  his  death Moses  Doyle  died,  aged  68. 

Oct.  13.  Lewis  Slawson  died,  aged  24. 

Oct.  14.   IMary  Thompson  died, aged  60 Hannah  Redden  died,  aged 

21 Margaret  Hamilton  died,  aged   26 Catharine   Dempsey  died, 

aged  26 John  Cowieson  died  at  Havana,  Cuba,  aged  27. 

Oct.  15.  William  F.  Campion,  killed  at  the  battle  of  Antietam,  was 
buried  from  the  residence  of  his  father.     He  was  a  member  of  Co.  B,  8th 

regiment  Ohio  Volunteers,  and  was  23  years  of  age Jane  Walsh  died, 

aged  27. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  127 

Oct.  16.  Capt.  Kimball  left  the  city  with  his  company,  composed  of 
Normal  school  students  principally,  to  join  the  44th  or  Ellsworth  regi- 
ment.    This  was  a  soldierly  body  of  men,  and  numbered  over  100 

John  Doran  died,  aged  28. 

Oct.17.  MichaelBarry  died, aged  39 Lawrence  Pickett  died, aged  GO. 

Oct.  18.  Lizzie  J.  Baldwin  died,  aged   26 Mary  Leath,  wife  of 

Joseph  Courtney,  died,  aged  37 Margaret  M.,  wife  of  Theodore  W. 

Sanders,  formerly  of  this  city,  died  at  Saratoga,  Howard  county,  Iowa. 

Oct.  19.  At  the  close  of  the  exercises  of  the  State  Street  Presbyterian 
sabbath  school,  the  superintendent  announced  that  ten  of  the  scholars  had 
joined  the  10th  regiment,  and  they  were  each  presented  with  a  Bible  and 

rubber  blanket Stephen  C.   Kellum  died,  aged  49 Louisa,  wife 

of  Charles  D.  P.  Townsend,  died,  aged  25. 

Oct.  20.  Jaranah,  widow  of  Alexander  McLeod,  died,  aged   95 

Lany,  wife  of  John  Smith,  fell  dead,  supposed  from  heart  disease. 

Oct.  21.  St.  Paul's  Church,  in  South  Pearl  street,  was  sold  by  auction 
to  Solomon  Luke,  at  $14,900.  The  building  occupied  the  whole  lot,  65 
feet  5  inches  front  and  rear,  and  116  feet  deep  from  Pearl  to  William  st. 

Oct.  24.  The  162d  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  Volunteers,  left  Biker's  island 
for  the  seat  of  war,  under  Col.  Lewis  Benedict,  Lieut.  Col.  J.  W.  Blanch- 

ard  and  Major  James  H.  Bogert,  Albanians Maria  Hilton,  wife  of 

Matthew  Hendrickson,  died,  aged  54 Bridget,  wife  of  Hugh  McCann, 

died Jane,  wife  of  Theophilus  Irwin,  died,  aged  72. 

Oct.  25.  The  post  office  was  removed  from  the  Exchange  Building  to 
No.  64  State  street,  for  the  purpose  of  making  changes  in  the  interior  ar- 
rangements of  the  former  edifice  for  better  accommodations. 

Oct.  26.  Rev.  John  Miles,  who  some  time  before  took  his  second  leave 
of  the  Bethel  on  account  of  ill  health,  resumed  his  position  there,  and 
preached  to  a  numerous  congregation.  When  he  first  went  into  the 
Bethel  it  was  in  a  populous  portion  of  the  city,  and  3Iontgomery  street 
was  a  desirable  avenue  for  residences ;  but  now  the  Central  rail  road  had 
bought  up   and   demolished   almost  everything   in   that  region   but  the 

Bethel,  which  was  owned  by  Clark  Durant,  and  could  not  be  bought 

Mary,  wife  of  Michael  Simon  Buckley,  died,  aged  37 John  Ellis  died, 

aged  20 Funeral  of  James  DeLacey,  killed  in  battle Inquest  on 

the  body  of  Catharine  Harrington,  aged  23;  verdict,  an  over  dose  of 
laudanum Frances  Poland  died,  aged  46. 

Oct.  27.  Mary,  wife  of  William  Little,  died,  aged  35. 

Oct.  28.  Thomas  Higgins   died,   aged  42;   formerly    alderman 

Geoge   W.  Gladding  died,  aged  50 Patrick  McLaughlin  died,  aged 

75 Catharine  McGinn,  wife  of  Owen  Golden,  died Martha,  wife 

of  Charles  K.  Tibbitts,  died,  aged  20. 

Oct.  29.  The  following  will  serve  to  illustrate  the  rise  which  took  place 
in  a  great  many  articles  of  necessity  and  luxury:  For  once  Albany  has 
gained  an  advantage  over  Troy.  Tobacco  took  a  sudden  rise  yesterday. 
Some  Albany  dealers  got  wind  of  the  fact,  came  to  Troy,  and  bought  all 
the  solace  tobacco  in  the  hands  of  our  retail  dealers  at  S6  per  gross.  This 
was  a  good  price  for  yesterday;  to-day  the  article  is  valued  at  $12  per 
gross.  Nearly  every  tobacconist  sold  out  to  the  Albanians,  who  made  the 
plausible  excuse  for  their  wholesale  operation  that  they  were  anxious  to 
fill  a  large  order  without  going  to  New  York.     Smokers  and  chewers  look 


128 


Notes  from  the  Neiuspapers. 


1862. 


rather  blue  to-day,  as  tliey  have  to  pay  about  one  third  more  than  the 

usual  price  for  their  cigar  and  quid. —  Troy  Times Patrick  Farrell 

died,  aged  70 Hugh  McCafferty  died  at  Brooklyn,  aged  30. 

Oct.  30.  Nicholas  Bensen  died,  aged  52 Harvey  Barnard,  formerly 

of  Albany,  died  at  Utica,  aged  62. 

Oct.  31.  Betsey  Cooper  died,  aged  76 Bernard   McClaskey  died, 

aged  45 Esther,  wife  of  Capt.  Demming,  died  at  Jersey  City,  aged  60. 

°Xov.  1.  A  few  days  of  most  beautiful  autumnal  weather,  thus  alluded 
to  by  the  editor  of  the  Times  and  Courier  :  "The  halcyon  days  of  the 
Indian  summer  are  upon  us.  The  hazy  atmosphere,  the  subdued  and  soft- 
ened sunlio'ht,  and  the  balmy  air,  all  betoken  the  approach  of  those  sweet 
days  denominated  Indian  summer.  Earth  and  air,  water  and  sky,  as  well 
as  leaf  and  fruit,  all  show  the  appearance  of  this  delightful  but  brief 
season  of  the  year,  which,  although  all  nature  wears  a  melancholy  look, 
is  still  like  a  dream  of  summer.  No  portion  of  the  world  but  the  North 
American  continent  is  favored  with  this  brief  interlude  of  sunshine  and 

calm  before  the  commencement  of  stern  and  hungry  winter." DeWitt 

C.  Ramsay  died,  aged  23. 

Nov.  2.  Mary  Donoher  died,  aged  20. 

Nov.  4.  State  election  ;  Horatio  Seymour  and  the  democratic  candi- 
dates throughout  the  city  and  county  elected  by  considerable  majorities. 
Erastus  Corning  received  15,715  votes  for  congress,  and  was  elected  by  a 
majority  of  5,050.     The  following  is  the  ofl&cial  canvass  : 


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.Charles  C.  Mosely  died,  aged  39. 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Neiospapers.  129 

Nov.  6.  Joseph  Winsby  died. 

Nov.  7.  The  large  steam  boats  Isaac  Newtou,  on  her  trip  up,  and  the 
New  World,  on  her  trip  down,  grounded  near  each  other  on  the  bar  at 

Coeymans,  and  did  not  get  off  till  afternoon About  2  o'clock  in  the 

afternoon  a  snow  storm  began,  which  increased  in  fury  till  night,  when 
several  inches  of  snow  had  fallen,  and  the  wind  cast  it  into  heaps.  The 
storm  began  at  Boston  and  Washington  at  7  o'clock  in  the  morning.  Rail 
roads  and  steam  boats  were  for  the  time  obstructed  by  the  storm  and  low 
water.  This  storm  began  in  Georgia,  where  it  fell  on  the  26th  October ; 
reached  Virginia  November  2,  and  extended  to  Canada ;  and  from  the 
Atlantic  500  miles  inland.  The  following  record  of  snow  and  ice  was 
given  in  the  Evening  Journal  at  this  time.  It  will  be  found  to  disagree 
somewhat  with  the  observations  published  in  the  Annals  : 

First  Snow.  First  Ice. 

1848,  November  7 November  8. 

1849,  "  2. 

1850,  "         17....  "  10. 

1851,  "          4 "  11. 

1852,  "         14 "  21. 

1853,  "           7 "  6. 

1854,  "         15 , "  5. 

1855,  October     25 "        22. 

1858,  Novemberl5 "        12. 

1859,  October     26 October    21. 

1861,  November  15. 

After  all  these  dates,  at  which  the  temperature  fell  to  the  ice  and  snow 
point,  or  several  degrees  below  it,  there  followed  a  term  of  genial  and 
delightful  weather,  interrupted  only  by  an  occasional  short  storm,  during 
which  the  range  of  the  thermometer  was  near  twenty  degrees  higher  — 
say  about  50  degrees  at  midday. 

Nov.  8.  The  snow  of  the  previous  day  resolved  into  a  slight  rain,  and 

the  fleecy  deposit  nearly  disappeared  under  a  modified  temperature 

Patrick  Clark  died,  aged  23. 

Nov.  9.  Kev.  C  D.  W.  Bridgman,  who  had  accepted  the  call  to  the 
pastorate  of  the  Pearl  Street  Baptist  Church,  preached  his  introductory 

sermon Mrs.  H.  A.  Edmonds  died,  aged  31 Catharine,  wife  of 

John  Savage,  died,  aged  31 Emma  Jane  Thomas  died,  aged  16. 

Nov.  10.  Emily  Tuttle  died,  aged  18 : Leonard  da  Boy  died,  aged 

66 Mary  Meads  died,  aged  53. 

Nov.  11.  At  the  annual  meeting  of  the  Albany  County  Medical  Society, 
the  following  officers  were  elected  for  the  ensuing  year  :  Dr.  Howard 
Townsend,  president;  Dr.  Joseph  Lewi,  vice  president;  Dr.  Oscar  H. 
Young,  secretary;  Dr.  Henry  March,  treasurer ;  Dr.  John  V.Lansing, 
delegate  to  State  Medical  Society ;  Dr.  F.  G.  Mosher,  Dr.  J.  M.  De  La 
Mater,  and  Dr.  John  P.  Whitbeck,  delegates  to  American  Medical  Asso- 
ciation; Dr.  L.  G.  Warren,  Dr.  Levi  Moore,  and  Dr.  Samuel  H.  Free- 
man,   censors Stephen    R.   White,  of  the  marine  artillery,  died  of 

malarious  fever  at  Roanoke  Island,  N.  C.,  aged  22. 

Nov.  12.  Eunice  Featherley    died,  aged   82 Rev.    Tobias  Spicer 

Hist.  Coll  a.  17 


130  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

died  at  Troy,  aged  75 Jacob  Van  Alen,  of  Co.  8,_  113th  regiment, 

N.  Y.  S.  v.,  died  in  hospital  near  Washington  of  typhoid  fever. 

Nov.  13.  At  a  stated  meeting  of  the  St.  Andrew's  Society,  held  at  the 
American  Hotel,  November  13,  18G2,  the  following  persons  were  elected 
for  the  ensuing  year  :  James  Duncan,  president;  Thomas  McCredie,  1st 
vice  president;  Donald  McDonald,  2d  vice  president;  Rev.  E.  Halley, 
D.D.,  chaplain  ;  Dr.  L.  G.  Warren,  physician  ;  James  Nelson,  treasurer  ; 
Peter  Smith,  secretary;  John  McHafBe,  assistant  secretary;  James  Dick- 
son, Hugh  Dickson,  William  Manson,  Daniel  Cameron,  Robert  McHaffie, 

managers James  Tomlinson  died,  aged  26 Henry  Dwight  died, 

aged  50 Amos  Adams,  late  sheriff  of   Albany  county  and  chief  of 

police,  died,  aged  61. 

Nov.  14.  William  E.  Brown,  who  had  been  in  the  service  of  the  Cen- 
tral rail  road  company  several  years,  died  after  a  short  illness.  He  was 
telegraph  operator  at  the  freight  depot,  and  much  respected. 

Nov.  15.  The  religious  society  worshiping  for  the  last  few  months  in 
Gibson's  Hall,  No.  1  Clinton  avenue,  under  the  name  of  Congregational 
Methodists,  have  recently  held  a  meeting  and  unanimously  resolved  to 
connect  themselves  with  the  Congregational  church.  This  society  is  com- 
posed mostly  of  persons  who  were  not  satisfied  with  the  itinerant  and 
episcopal  features  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  church,  and  left  that  con- 
nection last  spring,  formed  the  present  organization,  and  have  since  been 
worshiping  at  the  above  named  place.  Since  their  separation  they  have 
received  several  members  by  letter  from  other  Evangelical  churches,  and 
number  now  over  seventy  members.  Finding  the  articles  of  faith  which 
they  have  accepted  to  be  essentially  the  same  as  those  of  the  Congrega- 
tional church,  they  have,  for  purposes  of  Christian  fellowship  and  useful- 
ness, with  perfect  unanimity,  concluded  to  apply  ft)r  reception  and  recog- 
nition by  the  Congregational  association  of  churches.  Their  present  place 
of  worship,  though  small  and  inconvenient  of  access,  is  comfortable. 
They  have  a  good  and  growing  congregation,  a  thrifty  and  well  conducted 
sabbath  school,  which  is  well  supplied  with  books  and  papers,  and  an 
earnest  corps  of  teachers.  The  choir  numbers  about  twenty  well  disci- 
plined and  excellent  singers,  under  the  conductorsbip  of  R.  J.  Patton, 
most  of  them  having  been  his  pupils  for  several  years,  and  under  whom 
it  has  become  one  of  the  best  choirs  of  the  city.  This  society  will  he 
hereafter  known  as  the  Second  Congregational  Church  of  Albany.     Rev. 

R.  B.  Stratton  is  the  pastor Mary  Ann  Boardmau  died,  aged  58 

Samuel  R.  Swain  died  at  Warrenton  Junction,  Va.,  aged  17. 

Nov.  16.  The  Cathedral  was  densely  crowded  on  the  occasion  of  the 
blessing  of  the  bells  for  the  Cathedral  chimes.  The  interesting  ceremo- 
nials were  witnessed  with  profound  interest  by  the  vast  audience.  A 
large  number  of  clergymen  assisted,  and  Bishop  McCloskey  preached  a 
most  elegant  and  appropriate  sermon,  explanatory  of  the  origin  and  offices 
of  church  bells.  The  text  was  taken  from  a  portion  of  Psalms,  28th. 
No.  1.  E  Flat;  weight  3,042  lbs.;  inscription:  '•'•  Johan:  ep  :  Alhan : 
om  :  benefac  :  nostr  :  2Jax."  No.  2.  F ;  weight  2,188  lbs. ;  inscription  : 
"  ^.  F.  Wadhams,  past:  jEdit:"  and  name  of  committee.  No.  3.  G; 
weight  1,558  lbs.;  inscription:  "  aS.  Joseph,  in  IwrCi  mort :  ora  pro 
nobis."  No.  4.  A  Flat;  weight  1,199  lbs. ;  inscription  :  "  Ex  dono  praet : 
ct  concil :  com:  Alban."     No.  5.  B  Flat;  weight   896  lbs.;  inscription: 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Neiospapers.  131 

"  SS.  Mlcliael  Angeliq:  oust:  ad  clef  en  :  nost :  venite."  No.  6.  C; 
weight  G68  lbs.  ;  inscription  :  "  S.  Patricii  laiides  sono."  No.  7.  D ; 
weight  452  lbs.;  inscription:  ^^  Laudate  pueri  Bominum."  No  8.  E 
Flat;  weight  366  lbs. ;  inscription:  ^'- Festa  decor  o."  In  addition  to  the 
above,  for  the  purpose  of  giving  greater  scope  to  the  ringer  of  the  chime, 
another  bell  is  cast,  called  a  flat  seventh ;  the  letter  is  D  Flat ;  weight  560 
lbs. ;  and  it  bears  the  following  patriotic  inscription  :_  '■'■Domine  salv  : 
fac  Rempuhlicam."  The  religious  service  of  blessing  the  chime  of  bells 
at  the  Cathedral  was  performed  by  the  Right  Rev.  Bishop  McCloslcey,  as- 
sisted by  the  reverend  clergy  of  the  city.  The  service  commenced  by 
singing  selections  of  the  Psalms  of  David,  in  which  God  is  asked  to  for- 
give us  our  sins  and  to  sanctify  the  hearts  of  his  people  by  the  infusion  of 
the  Holy  Spirit.  During  the  recital  of  the  Psalms  by  the  bishop  and 
clergy  and  the  singing  of  the  choir,  water  was  blessed  for  the  washing  of 
the  bells.  This  lustration  reminds  us  of  the  virtue  of  purity,  which  we 
received  in  the  regenerating  waters  of  baptism,  and  admonishes  us  that  as 
the  inanimate  sound,  which  is  to  declare  the  praises  of  God,  comes  from 
bells  consecrated  by  holy  rites  to  his  service,  so  must  we  appear  before 
him  with  pure  hearts.  After  this  purification  the  bishop  anointed  the 
outside  of  the  bells  seven  times,  in  allusion  to  as  many  hours  of  prayer  to 
which  Christians  are  called  at  difi'erent  hours,  and  he  anointed  them  four 
times  within,  to  indicate  that  the  sound  of  bells,  like  the  preaching  of  the 
apostles,  is  to  go  forth  to  the  four  parts  of  the  earth  —  "Their  sound  has 
gone  forth  into  all  lands,  and  their  words  unto  the  ends  of  the  world." — 
Ps.  xviii,  5.  The  incense  which  is  burned  during  the  service  of  the  conse- 
cration signifies  that  our  prayers  and  the  sweet  odor  of  a  holy  life  should  as- 
cend like  incense,  continually  to  the  throne  of  God.  At  the  end  the  deacon 
sings  the  gospel  which  treats  of  Martha  receiving  our  Lord  into  her  home 
and  entertaining  him  there,  while  her  sister  Mary  sat  at  his  feet  to  hear 
his  words.  Thereby  we  are  taught  to  hear  cheerfully  the  word  of  God  in 
the  church,  to  which  we  are  summoned  by  the  sound  of  the  bells. 

Nov.  17.  Joseph  Lacy,  the  brave  drummer  boy  who  accompanied  the 
25th  regiment,  and  afterwards  the  Ellsworths,  to  the  seat  of  war,  who  was 
present  at  all  the  battles  of  the  Peninsula,  died  at  the  United  States  Hos- 
pital in  Newark,  N.  J.,  of  chronic  diarrhoea,  contracted  last  summer,  aged 
18.     His  body  was  brought  to  this  city,  and  the  funeral  took  place  from  St. 

Patrick's  Church Mary  Ann  Lynch  died,  aged  27 Heinrich  Gar- 

raht  died,  aged  39. 

Nov.  18.  Rachel  Anna,  widow  of  Edwin  T.  Bedell  and  daughter  of 
Philip  Phelps,  died,  aged  32. 

Nov.   19.   George  N.  Westeen  died,  aged  55 Edward  Owens  died, 

aged  53. 

Nov.  20.  The  initiatory  movement  for  establishing  a  new  theatre  in  this 
city  was  made.  A  large  number  of  our  most  wealthy  and  enterprising 
citizens  assembled  at  the  Delavan  House,  when  the  meeting  was  organized 
by  the  appointment  of  Dr.  Thomas  Hun  chairman,  and  Jacob  I.  Werner 
secretary.  The  object  of  the  meeting  was  briefly  stated  by  the  chair,  and 
the  following  committee  appointed  to  forward  the  same  :  Messrs.  Peter 
Cagger,  Alfred  Wild,  W.  L.  Learned,  Howard  King  and  E.  Corning  Jr. 

Nov.  21.  Lawrence  Noud  died,  aged  62 John  Dowd  died,  aged  23. 

Nov.  22.  A  second  meeting  of  citizens  favorable  to  the  erection  of  a 


132  Notes  from  the  Neicspapers.  1862. 

theatre,  was  held  at  the  Delavan  House,  to  hear  the  report  of  the  commit- 
tee appointed  at  the  previous  meeting.  Dr.  Hun  presided.  After  a  full 
and  free  interchange  of  views,  it  was  resolved  that  a  committee  of  twelve 
be  appointed  to  solicit  subscriptions  to  a  capital  stock  of  $30,000,  for  the 
purpose  of  erecting  an  Academy  of  Music  ;  that  the  committee  proceed 
at  once  to  work,  and  that  application  be  made  to  the  legislature  for  an  act 
of  incorporation.  The  committee  consisted  of  Peter  Cagger,  J.  Howard 
King,  Alfred  Wild,  E.  Corning  Jr.,  Paul  Cushman,  C.  W.  Armstrong,  R. 
L.  Johnson,  A.  Van  Vechten,  William  H.   Taylor,  Dr.  L.  E..  Herrick, 

James  Kidd  and  H.  J.  Hastings Thomas  Westrop  died  in  Troy,  aged 

26,  and  was  buried  on  the  24th  from  the  patroon's. 

Nov.  23.  Georgiana  G.  Baldwin,  wife  of  Myron  D.  Chapman,  died,  aged 

17 C.  C.  Barnhart,    formerly  of  Albany,  died  at    Finley    Hospital, 

Washington,  from  the  etfects  of  a  wound  received  in  camp. 

Nov.  24.  The  weather  Saturday  was  quite  as  disagreeable  as  during  the 
rest  of  the  week.  It  did  not  rain  quite  as  hard,  but  there  was  a  good 
amount  of  drizzle,  and  a  superabundant  supply  of  mud.  Saturday  morn- 
ing nearly  all  the  places  of  business  on  the  docks  and  piers  were  inun- 
dated. The  freshet  had  reached  its  height  at  midnight,  and  at  sunrise 
began  to  abate,  and  continued  slowly  to  recede  during  the  day.  Yester- 
day morning  the  water  was  off  the  pier,  and  nearly  oflF  the  docks,  and 
continued  to  fall  steadily  all  of  yesterday.  The  atmosphere  was  cool,  and 
ice  formed  during  the  night.     We  had  the  satisfaction  of  seeing  sunshine 

again,  a  luxury  we  had  not  enjoyed  for  some  days  post The  following 

report  of  the  finance  committee  was  made  to  the  common  council  : 
The  amount  necessary  to  be  raised  for  the   contingent  expenses  of 

the  city  for  the  ensuing  year,  ending  October  31st,  1863,  will  be..       $44,000 

For  expenses  of  the  Fire  department 23,000 

For  making,  cleaning,  &c.,  wells  and  pumps 500 

For  street  contingents 12,000 

$79,500 
Amount  authorized  to  be  raised  by  law  contingents  are. 30,000 

Leaving  a  deficiency  of $49,500 

The  amount  that  will  be  required  for  procuring,  lighting  and  re- 
pairing the  public  lamps  will  be  $23,000 

Amount  authorized  to  be  raised  by  law 12,000 

Leaving  a  deficiency  of $13,000 

The  aggregate  amount  of  apportionments  and  assessments  con- 
firmed  during  the  year  ending  October  31st,  1862,  as  per  report 

of  Chamberlain,  made  to  the  common  council,  is $8,108  76 

The  receipts  within  the  year  on  account  of  same  are 4,012  92 

Amount  unpaid $4,095  84 

Estimated  receipts  to  close  of  municipal  year 595  84 

Deficiency $3,-500  00 

The  amount  required  for  temporary  out  door  relief  of  poor $25,000 

For  payment  on  account  of  interest  on  the  public  debt 28,000 

On  account  of  annual  contributions  to  the  sinking  fund 10,'000 

For  support  public  schools,  pursuant  to  chap.  516,  laws  of  1855..  Sl'oOO 


1862.            .        Notes  from  the  News'pafpers.  133 

The  following  is  the  amount  required  for  school  purposes  for  ensuino- 
year,  exclusive  of  our  share  of  the  state  moneys  : 

For  teacher's  wages $21,000 

Text  books  and  stationery 250 

Out  buildings,  fences,  walks,  &c 1,500 

Ordinary  repairs 1,200 

Insurance 200 

Fuel 1,500 

Secretary's  salary 200 

Contingent  expenses,  including  heaters,  wall  slate,  furniture,  clean- 
ing   2,500 

Lot  purchased  in  April,  18G2  for  School  No.l  1,235 

Deficiency  for  extraordinary  repairs  last  year 1,415 


Total $31,000 

Nov.  25.  Conrad  Shafer,  sexton  of  Second  Presbyterian  Church,  died, 
aged  63 Ellen,  wife  of  Patrick  Harrigan,  died,  aged  37. 

Nov.  26.  Edward  W.  Langrish  died,  aged"28 Warren  Fuller  died, 

aged  79. 

Nov.  27.  A  fire  at  624  Broadway,  a  little  past  2  o'clock  in  the  morning, 
destroyed  a  large  part  of  the  stock  of  boots  and  shoes  in  the  store  of 

J.  Lemoges  ;  loss  estimated  at  $2,500,  partly  insured James  Hig- 

ham  died  at  Richmond,  Texas,  of  consumption. 

Nov.  28.  John  Edwards  died,  aged  32. 

Nov.  29.  Amanda  Smith  died,  aged  63. 

Dec.  1.  Frederick  Moulds  died,  aged  44 Mary  Adams,  wife  of 

B.  P.  Johnson,  died,  aged  55 Mrs.  James  Ballentine  died,  aged  38. 

Frederick  Cook  died,  aged  49. 

Dec.  2.  Peter  H.  Mayer  died,  aged  63. 

Dec.  3.  John  V.  K.  Bennett  died,  aged  37 Margaret  Cruise  died, 

aged  88 Margaret  Scott  died,  aged  21. 

Dec.  4.  Margaret  Dolan  died,  aged  63 Mrs.  Mary  Millerd,  widow 

of  the  late  Almon  H.  Millerd,  one  of  the  first  settlers  of  Lockport,  died  in 
this  city,  aged  75. 

Dec.  5.  The  St.  George's  Society,  at  a  meeting  held  for  the  purpose  of 
aiding  the  Lancashire  operatives,  appointed  committees  to  receive  sub- 
scriptions, and  raised  $450  among  its  own  members  as  a  beginning 

Wm.  Jones  died,  aged  37 Adele  D.,  wife  of  Isaac  F.  Waldron,  died, 

aged  22 Alfred  Southwick,  youngest  son  of  Solomon  Southwick,  died, 

aged  51 Cornelius  O'Brien  died  at  the  hospital;  a  soldier  in  the  113th 

regiment William  Jones  died,  aged  27. 

Dec  6.  The  horse  rail  road  through  Broadway,  which  every  body  ex- 
pected to  see  completed  before  winter  should  set  in,  was  brought  to  a  stand 
by  a  difi"erence  between  the  company  and  the  contractors  about  the  quality 

of  the  timber  used  to  lay  the  iron  rails  upon James  B.  Riley  died  at 

Detroit Isabella  Forbes  died,  aged  67. 

Dec.  7.  The  chime  bells  were  first  rung  in  the  Cathedral  for  the  after- 
noon service A  fire  in  Washington  street  damaged   Houck's  Hotel; 

some  of  the  inmates  had  a  narrow  escape  with  their  lives The  canals 

and  river  were  closed  by  ice.  The  snow  storm  on  the  5th  was  followed  by 
a  cold  wind,  and  the  mercury  fell  to  6°.  Skating  was  first  enjoyed  this 
day.  It  was  the  most  sudden  suspension  of  navigation  that  had  been 
known  for  many  years.     The  two  large  boats  were  grounded  and  frozen 


134  Notes  from  the  Neivs})a]_)ers.  1862. 

in  on  tlie  Castleton  bar,  and  liuudrecls  of  boats  of  all  kinds,  and  sloops, 
laden   for  New  York,    were   unexpectedly  laid  up    to   await  a  change  of 

weather,  with  very  little  probability  of  its  being  such  as  they  desired 

Kate  Cameron  died,  aged  26. 

Dec.  8.     Bartholomew  Dinnan  died,  aged  55. 

Dec.  9.  The  Second  Congregational  Church  was  formally  recognized. 
Michael  Clancy  died,  aged  48. 

Dec.  10.    The  llev.  Eufus  W.  Clark,  D.  D  ,  was  installed  pastor  of  the 

North  Dutch  Church George   B.  Fredendall  died  in  hospital  of  fever, 

at  Fort  Pennsylvania.     He  was  a  member  of  Capt-  N.  B.  Moore's  company, 

Ejlloth  regiment John  F.  Strain,  formerly  captain  of  the  llepublican 

Artillery,  died. 

Dec.   11.    HonoraMuUany  died,  aged  GO Elizabeth,  wife  of  George 

P.  Remmey,  died,  aged  o8 liobert  J.  Simpson  died,  aged  18 John 

Klump  died. 

Dec.  12.  The  atmosphere  was  w^arm  and  spring  like,  and  the  ice  in  the 
river  wasted  so  rapidly  that  the  steam  boats  succeeded  in  forcing  a  pas- 
sage through  the  barriers,  and  opened  communication  with  New  York, 
which  released  a  large  fleet  of  loaded  vessels  of  all  kinds Walter  Bur- 
ton died  in  New  York,  aged  29 Edward  A.  Thornton  died,  aged  34. 

Dec.  13.    David  W.  Martin  Jr.  died,  aged  23. 

Dec.  14.  The  following  is  a  statement  of  the  assessed  and  equalized 
valuation  of  the  real  and  personal  property  in  this  county,  for  the  present 
fiscal  year  : 

Assessed  Valuation. 

Real.  Personal.  Total. 

1st  AVard,  $1,023,080  $13,000  $1,030,080 

2d        "       1,172,800  18,139  1,190,939 

3d        " 1,587,412  194,200  1,781,612 

4tli      "       3,152,515  997,183  4,149,698 

5tli      "       3,577,998  3,205,646  6,783,644 

Gtli      "       1,960,828  276,293  2.243,121 

7tli      " 1,249,070  51,686  1,300,756 

8tli      "       1,263,975  53,200  1,317,175 

9th      "        east  Partridge  St., 1,928,460  140,900  2,069,360 

Oth       "       west  do.  to  AUeu, 11,705  11,705 

9tli       "       westofAlleu, 55,940  26,363  82,303 

lOth    "       east  of  Partridge, 2,765,165  127,500  2,892,665 

10th     "       west  do.   to  Allen, 25,900  25,900 

10th    "      west  of  Allen, 73,910  73,910 

Total  of  City, $19,854,758  $5,104,110   $24,958,868 

^^yff', $381,899  $84,891  466,790 

i>ethlehem, 1,898,805  149,680  2,048,784 

Loeymans,   1,024,875  185,919  1,210,794 

Guilderland,    740,780  71,272  812,052 

Knox                271,365  67,842  339,207 

Newfecotland    1,069,399  98,060  1,168,059 

Rensse  aerviUe, 589,945  155,477  745,422 

VVestcrlo, 558,520  121,958  680,478 

,/^?m      '  2,1.54,480       311,400    2,465,880 

^f  *^  ^^°y 1,134,620       421,765    1,556,385 

^°^«®S' 1,714,688         89,950    1,804,638 

Total  of  Towns $11,539,376  $1,758,814  $13,298,190 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Neiosjxqyers.  135 

Equalized  Valuation. 

Cily, 

Berne, 

Betlilehem,  

Coeymans, o5  50 

Guilderland, 

Knox, 

New  Scotland 

Rensselaerville, 

Westerlo, 

Watervlict, , 

West  Troy, 

Coboes, 


Per  acre. 

Real. 

Personal. 

$19,854,758 

$5,104,110 

$17  00 

664,071 

84,891 

57  50 

1,919,178 

149,680 

35  50 

1,088,395 

185,919 

37  50 

1,223,250 

71,272 

18  00 

471,066 

67,842 

38  00 

1,371,800 

98,660 

18  50 

681,281 

155,477 

20  50 

725,762* 

121,958 

GO  00 

2,164,054 

311.400 

1,134,620 

421,765 

1,714,688 

89,950 

Total  (towns), $13,158,105         $1,758,814 

Total  (city), 19,854,758  5,104,110 


Grand  Total, $33,012,863         $6,862,924 

Nelson  Beardsley  died,  aged  50 Anua  J.,  widow  of  Estes  Howe, 

and  daughter  of  Elias  Willard,  died  in  Buffalo,  aged  75 Mrs.  Eliza- 
beth Spaulding  died,  aged  78. 

Dec.  16.     The  10th  regiment,  Col.  Ainsworth,  left  the  city  for  the  seat 

of  war Mary  Ann,  wife  of  Patrick  Cohen,  died,  aged  28 Wm. 

Geroghty  died,  aged  42. 

Dec.  18.  A.  C.  Vie,  private  in  Co.  B,  3d  Reg.,  died  of  disease  of  the  heart 
at  Fortress  Monroe,  and  was  buried  on  the  22d  in  this  city. 

Dec.  19.  The  river  was  again  closed  by  the  inclemency  of  the  previous 
night,  all  along  in  front  of  the  city,  although  one  boat  succeeded  in  driv- 
ing through  the  ice,  and  escaped.  Navigation  was  otherwise  completely 
suspended,  the  ferry  boat  moving  with  great  difficulty. 

Dec.  20.  Jacob  Wentworth,  a  well  known  fifer,  residing  at  No.  117 
Orange  street,  was  found  on  Saturday  night  lying  on  the  sidewalk  near 
the  corner  of  Orange  and  Hawk  streets  in  a  helpless  condition.  He  was 
picked  up  by  some  passers  by  and  carried  to  his  residence,  where  he  died 

almost  immediately,  from  intemperance  and  exposure,  aged  65 Francis 

Duncan  died,  aged  22. 

Dec.  21.  The  weather  since  the  19th  has  been  exceedingly  cold.  Satur- 
day morning,  the  20th.  the  mercury  marked  seven  degrees  below  zero, 
at  the  patroon's  mansion,  and  in  various  localities  it  was  down  to  three 
and  four.  During  Saturday  night  the  blasts  from  the  north  were  exceed- 
ingly cutting,  and  at  night  those  only  could  be  found  on  the  street  who 
had  business  requiring  their  attendance  out  of  doors.  The  mercury  yes- 
terday morning  was  four  degrees  below  zero,  and,  although  the  sun  shone 
clearly  throughout  the  day,  the  atmosphere  was  very  keen  and  cutting. 

—  Express Ezra  T.  Gilman,  member  of  Co.  B,  4od  Reg.,  died,  aged 

18 Sarah,  widow  of  Russell  Forsyth,  died,  aged  78. 

Dec.  22.  Capt.  John  Sullivan  died.  The  circumstances  attending  the 
death  of  this  gallant  and  much  regretted  officer  are  peculiarly  afflicting. 
He  had  escaped  without  a  scratch  the  bloody  field  of  Antietam,  and  in 
the  terrible  slaughter  before  the  enemy's  works  back  of  Fredericksburg, 
he  also  escaped  uninjured;  but  while  marching  at  the  head  of  the  rem- 
nant of  his  regiment,  in  the  afternoon  of  this  fatal  day,  it  was  ordained 


136  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1862. 

that  he  should  fall.  He  was  struck  on  the  upper  part  of  the  right  thigh 
by  a  round  shot  (12-pounderj,  shockingly  fracturing  the  bone,  rendering 
amputation  impossible.  He  was  told  by  the  attending  surgeon  that  he 
must  die ;  that  if  the  limb  was  disjointed  at  the  hip  he  could  not  survive 
the  operation.  He  received  the  solemn  announcement  with  the  courage 
and  firmness  for  which  he  was  distinguished  in  the  fearful  ordeals  he  had 
passed  through,  and  declared  he  would  not  consent  to  lose  the  limb,  but 
''would  prefer  to  die  with  both  legs  on.''  He  lived  about  fifty  hours 
after  receiving  his  wound,  when  his  gallant  spirit  forsook  its  frail  tene- 
ment and  sped  its  way  to  brighter  realms.  No  officer  in  the  Irish 
brigade  was  more  sincerely  loved  or  respected  than  Capt.  John  Sullivan. 
By  his  cheerful  and  unassuming  manners  he  endeared  himself  to  all,  and 
in  the  63d  regiment  his  loss  is  deeply  and  sincerely  deplored.  His  body 
was  embalmed,  and  his  friends  telegraphed  to  of  the  melancholy  event. 
His  relative,  Mr.  Michael  Crummey,  immediately  proceeded  to  the  camp, 
near  Falmouth,  to  perform  the  melancholy  duty  of  taking  it  home.  The 
respect  he  was  held  in  by  the  brigade  was  evinced  by  their  spontaneous 
turn  out  at  his  funeral.  The  remnant  of  the  officers  and  men  of  the 
69th,  88th,  28th  Massachusetts,  116th  Pennsylvania  and  63d,  formed  the 
escort  from  the  camp  to  the  cars.  The  following  officers  acted  as  pall- 
bearers: Capt.  Saunders  commanding  69th,  and  Quartermaster  Sullivan, 
same  regiment;  Capt.  McNamara  commanding  116th,  Capt.  Smith  com- 
manding 88th,  and  Capts.  Cartwright  and  Gleason,  of  the  63d.  Lieut. 
Col.  Cartwright  and  officers  of  the  26th  Massachusetts  were  among  the 
others  of  the  brigade  who  followed  in  the  sad  cortege,  testifying  by  their 
presence  their  admiration  of  the  gallant  dead,  and  sympathy  with  their 

brothers  of  the  63d  in  the  loss  of  a  true  and  brave  soldier Walter 

Burns  died,  aged  39 Sally  F.  Romaine  died,  aged  81 Wm.  Mont- 
gomery died  at  Island  Hall  hospital,  Washington,  aged  21,  and  was 
buried  on  the  31st. 

Dec.  23.     Dr.  Barney  Fairfield  died,  aged  81. 

Dec.  25.  Christmas  morn  was  ushered  in  by  a  peal  of  bells,  which  was 
followed  by  the  ringing  of  the  chimes  in  the  Cathedral.  This  occurred 
immediately  after  the  striking  of  the  clock  at  midnight.  About  5  o'clock 
the  Cathedral  bells  again  pealed  and  chimed,  thus  calling  the  worship- 
ers to  mass.  The  Cathedral  was  handsomely  decorated  with  evergreens 
and  flowers,  in  conformity  to  a  time  honored  custom  in  the  Roman 
Catholic  churches.  The  services  during  the  day,  morning  and  afternoon, 
were  of  a  character  in  keeping  with  the  day — one  of  the  greatest  festi- 
vals observed  by  Catholics.  The  singing  and  music  were  of  a  high  order, 
under  the  direction  and  management  of  R.  J.  Carmody.  Before  each  of 
the  services  the  chime  of  bells,  with  their  iron  tongues,  reminded  near 
and  distant  hearers  of  the  Vesper  hymn,  the  Portuguese  hymn,  and  other 
tunes  of  ancient  origin.  The  services  of  the  day  closed  with  vespers. 
At  St.  Joseph's  church  there  was  a  high  mass  performed,  in  which  large 
and  eifective  choir  participated.  In  all  the  other  Catholic  churches  the 
usual  services  of  the  day  were  performed,  and  all  were  decorated  with 
evergreens.  All  the  Episcopal  churches  in  the  city  were  open  for 
morning  services,  and  in  several  the  services  denoted  unusual  preparation. 
St.  Peter's,  as  usual,  took  the  lead  in  every  particular.  The  edifice  was 
tastefully  adorned  with  evergreens  and  flowers.     The  chancel,  communion 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  137 

table  and  the  christening  fonts  were  adorned  with  flowers  of  exquisite 
beauty  and  fragrance,  and  so  beautifully  arranged  as  to  attract  the 
attention  of  the  most  indifferent  spectator.  In  the  services  of  the  day, 
the  rector  and  assistant  rector,  Ilev.  Messrs.  Wilson  and  Tatlock,  each 
participated,  A  good  portion  of  the  service  was  chanted  and  sung  by  a 
powerful  and  effective  choir,  under  the  direction  of  Mr.  Marsh.  The 
closing  services  of  the  day — the  administration  of  the  Lord's  supper, 
were  solemn,  interesting  and  highly  appropriate ;  a  fitting  close  of  the 
celebration  of  the  birth  of  Christ."  St.  Paul's  church  was  neatly  trimmed 
with  evergreens.  The  services  of  the  day  were  rendered  by  the  rector, 
the  Rev.  Dr.  Rudder.  In  the  other  ]<]piscopal  and  Dutch  Reformed 
churches  the  services  were  in  keeping  with  the  day  and  the  occasion. 
The  occasion  was  also  observed  by  some  of  the  other  churches,  mainly 
by  festive  gatherings  of  the  sabbath  school  children,  to  pluck  the  fruit 
of  heavily  laden  Christmas  trees,  and  by  other  appropriate  exercises. 
The  Second  Congregational  society,  and  the  sabbath  school  connected 
therewith,  met  on  Thursday  evening  at  Gibson's  Hall,  to  observe  their 
first  Christmas  holiday.  The  pastor,  officers  of  the  school  and  choir, 
were  all  appropriately  remembered.  The  smiling  faces  of  the  children 
was  a  sufficient  reward  for  the  labor  of  the  superintendent,  teachers  and 
friends.  The  music  at  Grace  church  on  Christmas  morning  was  of  the 
highest  order,  and  was  admirably  performed  by  a  double  quartette  choir, 
the  solos  being  arranged  by  Mrs.  Baker,  Mrs.  Colvin,  Mr.  Keith  and  Mr. 
Headlara.  We  were  particularly  pleased  with  the  antiphonal  chanting 
of  the  Psalter,  and  the  Christmas  cantata.  The  whole  service  was  church- 
like,  and  the   most  complete   ever    performed   in    this    city Mary 

Milham  died,  aged   74 John    Murphy,  an    old    fireman,    familiarly 

known  aa  Deacon^  died,  and  was  buried  from  the  Cathedral  on  Sunday 
the  28th. 

Dec.  26.  Sarah,  wife  of  Frederick  Coleman,  died,  aged  40 E.  Wil- 

lard  Trotter  died. 

Dec.  27.  Orderly  Sergeant  Charles  Osborn,  Co.  K,  77th  regiment,  N. 
Y.  S.  v.,  of  Schuylerville,  Saratoga  county,  died  at  the  Military  hospital 
of  typhoid  fever.  He  was  one  of  the  most  active  of  the  persons  engaged 
in  raising  Co.  K,  and  be  manifested,  both  by  his  energy  and  perseverance, 
characteristics  which,  had  his  life  been  spared,  would  have  won  for  him  a 
prominent  name  in  the  annals  of  this  rebellion.  During  the  time  he  was 
stationed  at  the  barracks  he  won  the  love  as  well  as  the  esteem  of  all  with 
whom  he  was  brought  in  contact.  He  Avas  but  a  short  time  married ;  an 
only  and  much  loved  son  ;  a  very  social  and  interesting  companion,  and 
sincere  friend.  He  received  all  the  attention  that  it  was  possible  to  be- 
stow upon  him,  by  all  connected  with  the  hospital  barracl.s,  and  much 
praise  is  due  to  Miss  Cary,  as  well  as  to  Major  Rice  and  Captain  Wood, 
for  their  unwearied  exertions  in  his  behalf. 

Dec.  28.  The  twelfth  anniversary  of  the  sabbath  school  connected  with 
the  First  Congregational  Church  was  held  Sunday  evening,  and  was 
largely  attended.  The  superintendent's  report  was  an  interesting  paper, 
showing  the  school  to  be  in  a  very  prosperous  condition,  numbering  over 
350  persons,  and  gave  evidence  of  doing  much  good.  During  the  past 
year,  by  the  diligent  efforts  of  superintendent  and  teachers,  an  addition 
had  been  made  to  the  school  room,  increasing  its  capacity  to  the  number 

Hist  Coll.  a.  la 


138 


Notes  from  the  Newspapers. 


1862. 


of  150  children.  The  whole  cost  of  the  enterprise  exceeding  |400  had 
been  raised  entirely  by  the  liberality  and  persevering  eflforts  of  the  teach- 
ers and  scholars.     Addresses  were  made  by  Captain  George  W.  Atherton, 

of  the  10th  Connecticut  regiment,  and  by  the  pastor,  Rev.  Dr.  Palmer 

Catharine,  wife  of  Thomas  O'Hare,  died,  aged  33. 

Dec.  29.  Christopher  Helnry  died,  aged  70. 

Dec.  80.  A  gentle  snow  fell  during  the  night  and  morning  hours,  leav- 
ing a  thin  mantle  upon  the  earth  scarcely  sufficient  for   the  purpose  of 

sleighing Elizabeth  F.  Gribson,  daughter  of  the  late  Joseph,  died  at 

Theresa,  Jefferson  county,  N.  Y.,  aged  17. 

Dec.  31.  From  the  annual  report  of  the  Chamberlain,  submitted  to  the 
common  council  Monday  night,  we  extract  the  following  figures,  showing 
the  receipts  and  expenditures  of  the  city  government  during  the  past 
fiscal  year : 


RECEIPTS. 

City  water  works, $88,371  8G 

Alms  House, 1,454  70 

Assessments  for  streets  and 

drains, 9,326  05 

City   poor, 632  16 

Contingents, 1,079  07 

Street  contingents, 1,307   12 

Fire  department, 30  99 

District  schools, 18,230  95 

Interest, 12,506  01 

Special  Sessions, 629  00 

Police  court, 1,700  30 

Rents  and  quit  rents, 1,355  95 

Commutations, 442  00 

Markets, 1,084  19 

Ferry, 2,250  00 

Surveyor's  office, 47  00 

Justices'    court, 1,119  23 

Redemption, 263  25 

Bonds  and  mortgages, 560  00 

Real  estate, 6,844  06 

Dividends, 496  50 

City  taxes, 246,014  94 

County  of  Albany, 52,346  83 

Costs  on  assessments 29  00 

Joint  military  relief  fund..  5,508  50 

Temporary  loan, 10,000  00 

A.  M.  Strong 20  48 

Certificates  of  city  indebt- 
edness,   61,400  00 

$525,746  14 


DISBURSEMENTS. 

City  water  works $36,732  92 

City  water   debt,    interest 

account, 51,000  00 

Alms    House,! 40,756  76 

Assessments    for     streets 

and  drains, 11,095  97 

City   poor, 22,598  86 

Contingents, 21,867  53 

Street  contingents, 17,088  12 

Police    department, 40,432  81 

Fire  department, 21,012  48 

District   schools, 50,885  98 

Interest 40,769  54 

City  Hall, 2,055  31 

Court  of  Special  Sessions,.  100  00 

Police   court, 3,248  64 

Markets, 887  95 

City    debt, 20,000  00 

Ferry, 114  58 

Surveyor's  office, 2,723  12 

Printing  and  advertising,..  1,506  27 

Justices'  court, 2,871  68 

Redemptions, 11  03 

Salaries, 11,375  40 

County  of  Albany, 5,144  29 

Elections, 2,092  25 

City  lamps, 22,247  73 

Wells  and  pumps, 994  81 

Industrial    school, 181   13 

Joint  military  relief  fund,..  21,159  21 
Certificates  of  city  indebt- 
edness,   1,973  82 

Temporary  loan, 10,000  00 


$463,528  19 


The  disbursements  for  fourteen  months  are  included  in  this  account,  viz: 

For  twelve  months $34,199  02 

For  two  months 6,557  74 


1862.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  139 

The  following  is  the  annual  report  of  the  trustees  of  the  city  sinking 
fund  : 

To  THE  Honorable  the  Common  Council  : 

The  undersigned  trustees  of  the  sinking  funds  of  the  city  of  Albany  herewith 
present  their  annual  report,  showing  the  receipts  and  disbursements  on  account 
of  the  general  and  water  debt  sinking  funds,  for  the  year  ending  November  1,  1862. 

RECEIPTS    ON  ACCOUNT  OF  THE   GENERAL  DEBT    SINKING  FUND. 

Annual  tax  for  the  year  1861 $10,000  00 

Sales  of  real  estate , 6,844  06 

Payments  on  bonds  and  mortgages 560  00 

Assessments  confirmed  prior  to  November  1,  1861 4,862  44 

$22,266  50 

DISBURSEMENTS. 

For  redemption  of  city  bonds $18,000  00 

Paid  the  Chamberlain  for  advances  made  in   the 

year  1861 2,929  35 

$20,927  35 

Leaving  a  balance  in  the  hands  of  the  Chamber- ■ 

lain  of $1,339  15 

Of  the  $20,000  of  city  bonds  maturing  July  1,  1862,  two  bonds  of  $1,000  each 
have  not  been  presented  for  payment. 

No  portion  of  the  bonded  debt  of  the  city  matures  during  the  ensuing  year. 
On  the  1st  day  of  May,  1864,  §50,000  five  per  cent  bonds  are  due  and  payable  in 
Boston,   Mass. 

RECEIPTS  ON  ACCOUNT  OF  THE  WATER  DEBT  SINKING  FUND. 

Annual   appropriation §5,000  00 

Interest  on  investments 3,900  00 

Interest 'on  deposits 232  78 

Balance  on  hand  per  last  annual  report 1,241  15 

Amount  on  deposit  in  bank $10,373  93 

During  the  past  year  no  expenditures  have  been  made  on  account  of  this  fund. 
The  investments  remain  the  same  as  heretofore  reported,  viz  :       Sixty-five  water 
debt  bonds  of  $1,000  each,  making,  with  the  amount  on  deposit  in  bank,  an  ag- 
gregate applied  or  applicable  to  the  payment  of  the  water  debt  of  $75,373.93. 
Respectfully  submitted,  V.  Ten  Eyck, 

Eli  Perry,  Mayor, 

Jos.  C.  Y.  Paige,  Chambei'lain, 

Trustees  of  the  Sinking  Funds. 
December  1,  1862. 

John  Trotter  died,  aged  75.     The  funeral   of  the  late  John  Trotter 

took  place  yesterday  afternoon  from  his  residence,  No.  677  Broadway. 
The  deceased  was  an  old  and  respected  merchant.  Nearly  half  a  century 
ago  he  was  in  business  on  the  dock,  but  for  many  years  past  has  not  been 
engaged  in  active  pursuits,  having  inherited  a  handsome  property.  He 
was  one  of  the  old  landmarks  of  the  city,  now  rapidly  passing  away.  He 
was  connected  with  the  oldest  families  in  the  city,  and  was  himself  the 
head  of  a  large  family,  all  of  whom,  we  believe,  preceded  him  to  the  grave 
—  the  last,  E.  Willard  Trotter,  having  died  a  few  days  since.     He  was 

the  last  of  his  race Edwin  R.  Herrick  died  in  New  York Anna 

Maria  Goodrich  died,  aged  63. 


140  Notes  froin  the  Newspajpers.  1863. 

1863. 

Jan.  1.  A  mild  sunny  day  ;  the  snow  melting  rapidly  on  the  housetops 

and  other  exposed  situations  along  all  the  streets Gov.  Seymour  sworn 

into  oflSiee  at  the  Capitol,  attended  by  an  unusual  crowd  of  spectators.  A 
party  of  young  men  just  after  the  inauguration,  got  possession  of  the 
cannon,  Young  Buck,  and,  after  firing  it  in  the  park,  proceeded  to  various 
parts  of  the  city  and  fired  it  in  the  streets,  to  the  great  annoyance  of  the 
nei<'hborhoods,  and  the  destruction  of  hundreds  of  dollars  worth  of  glass. 
They  indulged  in  these  outrageous  proceedings  to  a  late  hour  at  night, 
without  the"  interference,  so  far  as  we  can  learn,  from  policemen  in  any 
quarter.  Among  the  houses  which  suff'ered  from  their  visit  were  several 
in  Dallius  street,  breaking  seventy-five  or  eighty  panes  of  gla&s.  They 
theij  visited  Alderman  Rodgers'  house,  in  Green  street,  breaking  many  of 
the  panes  there  and  in  the  neighborhood.  In  Westerlo  street  they  halted 
and  fired  in  front  of  the  residence  of  S.  Schuyler  Esq.,  breaking  nearly 
all  the  windows,  which  were  of  French  plate  glass.  Mr.  S.  had  recently 
moved  into  his  house,  which  was  new,  and  so  completely  were  the  windows 
gutted,  that,  we  are  informed,  he  was  obliged  to  move  his  family  out  of  it. 
The  residences  of  Alderman  John  Kennedy  and  John  Harcourt  were  also 
visited,  and  many  of  the  glasses  were  broken,  rendering  them  almost  un- 
tenantable. The  glass  in  these  houses  was  valuable,  and,  being  of  a  pecu- 
liar make,  will  be  difficult  to  replace.  One  poor  woman,  who  does  washing, 
had  twenty-seven  panes  broken  in  her  house.  Alderman  Delehanty, 
James  Taylor,  Mr.  Stein  and  others  were  among  the  suflerers  in  Green 
street.  In  Washington  avenue  they  broke  two  lights  costing  forty  dollars 
apiece.  In  North  Pearl  street  they  broke  several  glasses  in  the  house  of 
Walter  Church  Esq.,  and  three  plate  glass  show  windows,  costing  seven- 
ty-five dollars.  At  the  Exchange  Hotel  they  broke  a  large  amount  of 
glass.  These  are  only  a  few  of  the  many  places  which  suffered  from  their 
visitation.  Three  complaints  were  lodged  against  the  off"enders  at  the 
police  office,  and  warrants  were  placed  in  the  hands  of  officers;  but  by 
request  the  warrants  are  held,  to  give  the  parties  an  opportunity  to  settle 
the  damages. 

Jan.  4.  The  sun  shone  out  beautifully,  and  the  last  vestige  of  snow 
disappeared  before  it. 

Jan.  5.  Patrick  White  died,  aged  75. 

Jan.  6.  Mary,  wife  of  Daniel  Flanigan,  died,  aged  50 Margaret 

Trainor  died,  aged  61. 

Jan.  7.   Standard  and  Statesman  united,  reducing  the  number  of  daily 

papers  to  6 The  river,  as  far  south  as  Castleton,  was  almost  entirely 

free  from  ice.  The  mild,  springlike  weather  of  the  last  few  days  had 
completely  broken  up   the  ice,  and   melted  or   set  it   adrift.     The  canal, 

also,  was  as  free  from  ice  as  it  was  in  July James  Murray  died,  aged 

36 Geo.  Mills,  of  Co.  F,  80th  reg.,  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  died  at  Bell's  Plains, 

Va.,  and  was  buried  at  Albany  on  the  15th. 

Jan.  8.   Ellen,  wife  of  Nathaniel  JNliller  died,  aged  80. 

Jan.  10.  A   snow  storm  set  in  about  0   o'clock  in   the  evening,  which 
turned  to  rain  in  about  two  hours,  and  actually  poured  down  for  several 

hours Caroline  A.,  wife  of  Gurdon  Conkling,  died,  aged  54,  at  Conk- 

lingville. 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspaper's.  141 

Jan.  11.  John  W.  Crannell  died,  aged  61 Martin  Rouse  died,  aged 

32 Rev.   Cornelius  Gates  died  in  Philadelphia,  and  was  buried  at 

Albany  on  the  14th. 

Jan.  13.  Elizabeth,  widow  of  Casper  Walter,  died,  aged  74 Thomas 

Gough  died Bridget  Rourke  died,  aged  78 Clarence  B.  Remer, 

of  Co.  C,  44th  Reg.,  died,  aged  18 John  Shaffer  died  in  the  hospital 

on  the  Rappahanock  from  the  effects  of  an  accidental  wound.  He  was  a 
member  of  Co.  C,  Ira  Harris  cavalry,  and  sustained  a  gallant  part  in 
some  of  the  severest  battles  that  were  fought. 

Jan.  14.  About  two  inches  of  snow  fell  before  sunrise,  but  was  fol- 
lowed   by    rain,   which    continued  almost  incessantly  all  day Elsie, 

widow  of  Samuel   Phipps,   died Thomas  Brady  died,  aged  34 

Prof.  Julien  Molinard  died  at  Rome,  N.  Y.,  aged  67.  —  (See  Journal, 
Jan.  16). 

Jan.  15.  The  rain  continued  throughout  this  day  also,  the  temperature 

being  higher  than  on  the  14th Charles  J.  Cunningham  was  drowned 

in  the  river. 

Jan.  16.  Rain  continued  to  descend  until  4  o'clock  in  the  afternoon, 
when  the  temperature  had  gone  down  to  freezing  point.  The  long  con- 
tinued rain  caused  the  sudden  breaking  up  of  the  ice,  which  at  an  early 
hour  broke  up  at  Troy,  and  moved  down  slowly  until  it  reached  the  narrow 
part  of  the  river  just  above  Bath,  where  it  became  blocked  up.  The 
river  at  this  point  rose  rapidly,  and  shortly  after  ten  o'clock  it  had 
reached  within  a  few  inches  of  the  top  of  the  docks,  when  the  ice  at 
Bath  gave  way,  and  down  it  came  with  a  tremendous  crash.  The  Boston 
ferryboat  had  just  left  her  slip  with  a  large  number  of  passengers  for 
the  eastern  train ;  but  on  getting  outside  the  cut  the  pilot  observed  the 
ice  coming  down,  and  fearing  the  boat  would  be  carried  down  the  stream, 
he  struck  the  gong,  the  engine  was  reversed,  and  the  vessel  put  back  into 
the  slip  at  double  quick  time.  It  was  fortunate  that  the  ice  broke  up  as 
early  as  it  did ;  for  had  it  remained  an  hour  later,  the  docks  would  have 
been  submerged,  and  all  the  stores  filled  with  water,  and  a  great  amount 
of  damage  would  have  been  done.  Ice  formed  rapidly  under  the  cle^r 
cold  atmosphere  of  the  night ;  and  the  barrier,  fifteen  miles  below  the 
city,  having  remained  firm,  there  was  a  gradual  rise  of  water. 

Jan.  17.  The  river  continued  to  rise,  and  by  noon  all  the  warehouses 
on  the  pier  and  dock  were  inundated,  the  water  being  two  feet  above  the 
first  floor.  The  river  was  full  of  floating  ice  from  the  Mohawk  and  other 
streams,  while  the  basin,  dock  and  pier  were  covered  with  a  fresh  crust 
of  ice.     The  sun  shone  out  beautifully,  but  made  no  impression  upon  the 

ice,  even  in  the  sunniest  spots.     Temperature  at  zero Gerrit  Lagrange 

died,  aged  75 Daniel  Shane  died,  aged  74. 

Jan.  18.  The  river  was  again  closed.  The  floating  blocks  of  ice  became 
stationary,  and,  matting  together,  soon  acquired  sufiicient  strength  to 
admit  foot  passengers  to  cross. 

Jan.  19.  Celiuda,  wife  of  James  Davis,  died,  aged  ^^ Henrietta 

Utter  died,  aged  25. 

Jan.  20.  Julia  M.  Kidder  died Maria,  widow  of  Thomas  Charles, 

died. 

Jan.  21.  Snow  fell  sufficient  to  cover  the  nakedness  of  the  earth,  but 
as  yet  no  sleighing. 


142  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1863. 

Jan.  22.  The  snow  again  disappeared  under  the  sun  and  mild  tempe- 
rature, and  at  night  it  began  to  rain. 

Jan.  23.  Wm.  Davis  died,  aged  48 John  O'Hare  died,  aged  20. 

Jan.  24.  Saturday  morning  the  post  office  was  reopened  in  the  Mer- 
chants' Exchange  Building,  and  all  day  long  the  hall  was  thronged  with 
spectators,  many  of  whom  could  hardly  recognize  in  the  present  accom- 
modations'the  old  post  office,  or  anything  appertaining  to  that  once  dark 
and  dreary  looking  place.  The  present  office  is  commodious  and  airy, 
easy  of  access,  and  so  light  as  to  dispense  with  the  use  of  gas  lights  even 
in  o'loomy  weather.  The  whole  place  has  been  renovated  and  recon- 
structed after  the  most  approved  model  offices  in  the  country.  The  front 
entrance  has  been  widened  and  made  ample  by  the  removal  of  the  stair- 
case, which  greatly  obstructed  the  hall.  The  circle  under  the  rotunda, 
around  which  the  letter  boxes  are  arranged,  presents  a  beautiful  appear- 
ance. This  portion  of  the  work  was  done  by  two  of  our  best  mechanics ; 
the  carpenter  work  by  John  Kennedy,  and  the  masonry  by  James  W. 
Eaton.  The  floor  is  elegantly  paved  with  tile  by  Wm.  Manson,  and,  in 
fact,  all  the  work  is  done  in  the  neatest  and  best  style.  The  German 
silver  plates  on  the  boxes  are  very  handsome,  and  reflect  much  credit  on 
the  workmen' — W.  J.  &  E.  H.  Scott.  The  neat  and  substantial  brass 
fender-rail,  running  around  the  circle,  was  manufactured  and  modeled  by 
Orr  k  Blair,  and  the  gas  fixtures  by  Mr.  Shepard.  The  arrangements 
for  the  sale  of  stamps,  and  the  delivery  of  letters  and  papers  to  gentle- 
men as  well  as  ladies,  are  convenient,  and  just  what  we  have  long  needed. 
The  public  have  every  reason  to  be  pleased  with  the  ingenuity  and  taste 
displayed  by  those  in  power,  in  devising  the  improvements,  and  with  the 
liberality  of  the  Exchange  company  in  executing  them.  They  cannot 
have  cost  less  than  ^6,000.  Of  the  internal  arrangements  the  Atlas  and 
Argus  says  :  "  The  inside  arrangements  for  the  convenient  working  of  the 
office  are  greatly  improved.  More  and  better  light  is  secured." Mar- 
garet, wife  of  Patrick  Sinnot,  died,  aged  34. 

Jan.  25.   A  calm  and  sunny  day,  like  April.     A  fire  at  700  Broadway 

seriously  damaged    several   buildings Ann    O'Connor,  wife  of  John 

Gofi",  died,  aged  G2 Agnes  Bowie  died,  aged  85 James  Crawford 

died,  aged  75. 

Jan.  26.  Weather  pleasant  and  springlike  in  the  morning;  rain  in  the 

afternoon  and  evening Ellen  McNamara  died,  aged  85. 

Jan.  27.  Still  raining  till  8  o'clock  in  the  morning,  when,  the  wind 
having  shifted  to  the  north,  snow  fell  throughout  the  day,  though  the 
temperature  was  hardly  down  to  freezing  point.     The  river  was  rising. 

Thurlow  Weed  took  leave  of  the  Evening  Journal.,  in  which  he  had 

been  concerned  33  years Jeremiah  Kieley  died,  aged  47. 

Jan.  28.  Cloudy  —  temperature  above  freezing  point;  a  little  snow  fell 

in  the  evening Shall  we  have  ice? — This  question   begins  to  aff"ect 

some  of  the  owners  of  ice  houses  in  this  vicinity.  Let  us  judge  the  pre- 
sent winter  by  the  past.  The  following  dates  are  given  by  JMr.  Edmonds, 
of  New  York,  as  the  times  when  he  commenced  cutting  ice  in  each  of  the 
last  ten  winters,  his  rule  being  to  use  the  first  favorable  opportunity  : 

1851-2 Dec.   20     1853-4 Jan.      3 

1852-3 Jan.   23     1854-5 Dec.   16 


1863.  Notes  frorm  the  Newspapers.  143 

1855-6 Jan.     9     1859-60 Dec.  26 

1856-7 Jan.     6     1860-1 Jan.  15 

1857-8 Feb.  13     1861-2 Jan.     2 

1858-9 Jan.  12 

It  appears  by  this  that  we  have  nearly  three  weeks  to  the  time  fixed  in 
February,  1858,  and  we  well  remember  that  the  cold  continued  so  as  to 
make  good  ice  cutting  two  or  three  weeks  later  than  that.  To  go  back 
further,  to  the  winter  of  1834-5,  the  month  of  February  was  cold  to  the 
extreme  in  this  parallel  of  latitude,  thawing  out  on  the  1st  of  March,  and 
freezing  again  about  the  10th,  clear,  solid  ice.  ten  or  twelve  inches  thick. 
On  the  other  hand,  the  winter  of  1827-  8  was  as  mild  as  this  has  been 
throughout.  At  Cincinnati  there  was  no  ice,  and  the  ground  was  scarcely 
frozen  all  winter.  That  is  a  little  south  of  New  York,  but  not  any  less 
likely  to  lack  an  ice  crop.     We  think  that  with  only  one  iceless  winter  in 

forty  years  we  may  hope  on  yet Alexander  Gumming  died,  aged  81. 

Alida  Rediker  died,  aged  89 William  Beardsley  died,  aged  54. 

He  was  formerly  sheriff  of  Albany  county,  and  afterwards  for  several  years 
agent  and  warden  of  Sing  Sing  prison,  the  duties  of  which  positions  he 
discharged  intelligently  and  faithfully.  At  the  time  of  his  death  he  was 
in  the  woods  a  short  distance  north  of  this  city,  on  a  fox  hunt,  with  two 
or  three  friends,  and  is  supposed  to  have  burst  a  blood  vessel  from  over 
exertion. 

Jan.  29.  The  morning  light  disclosed  a  bed  of  snow  upon  the  earth, 
with  the  temperature  a  little  below  freezing  point,  and  a  fiir  prospect  of 
sleighing,  which  was  realized.  The  southern  trains  were  delayed  by 
snow.  The  ferry  boats  continued  their  trips.  They  had  not  been  laid 
up  a  single  day  during  the  winter.     At  night  8  inches  of  snow  lay  upon 

the  ground John  Vogel  died  of  wounds  received  at  the  second  battle 

of  Bull  Run. 

Jan.   30.  A  mild  winter  day,  with  9  inches  of  snow  on   the  ground. 

The  winter  remarkably  free  from  high  wind  throughout Jane  Nagle 

died,  aged  60. 

Jan.  31.  Alice,  wife  of  Thomas  Doyle,  died,  aged  25. 

Feb.  1.  Joseph  Webster,  the  last  of  the   race    of  stage    owners,    died 

suddenly    of    disease    of    the    heart,  aged    65 Patrick  Marin  died, 

aged  50. 

Feb.  3.  Cold  day. 

Feb.  4.  x\bout  5  o'clock  p.  m.  a  steam  boiler  exploded  in  the  pork 
packing  establishment  of  Weller  &  Smith,  24  State  street.  At  the  time 
of  the  explosion  four  men  were  at  work  within  ten  feet  of  the  boiler,  one 
of  whom,  Jeremiah  Colburn,  in  his  fright,  leaped  out  of  the  window,  in 
order  to  save  himself,  as  he  thought,  from  being  instantly  killed.  He 
struck  upon  a  pile  of  dressed  hogs  that  lay  upon  the  sidewalk,  which,  no 
doubt,  prevented  him  from  being  badly  hurt.  The  other  men  were  struck 
with  horror,  and  hardly  knew  what  had  taken  place.  On  examination  it 
was  found  that  the  building  had  been  badly  damaged,  the  heavy  beams 
being  shattered  and  broken,  and  the  roof  torn  up.  Every  pane  of  glass 
in  the  front  of  the  building  was  blown  out  by  the  concussion.  The  floor 
underneath  gave  way,  the  boiler  fell  through  to  the  basement,  and  was 
covered  up  in  the  ruins.     The  damage  will  amount  to  about  SI, 000.,,.,,, 


144  Notes  from  the  Neiospapers.  1863. 

Coldest  day  of  the  season.     Temperature  22  degrees  below  zero  at  the 
Manor  House,  and  16  degrees  below  at  the  Capitol.    Several  persons  frozen. 

Priscilla  Sydney,  wife  of  James  Nichols,  died,  aged  71. 

Feb.  5.  At  3  o'clock  in  the  morning  a  fire  broke  out  in  the  grain  store 
of  Robert  Higgins,  205  Washington  avenue.  The  weather  was  so  cold 
that  the  water  froze  almost  as  fast  as  it  left  the  hose.  Temperature  14 
degrees  below  zero  in  the  morning,  rose  during  the  day,  and  snow  fell  in 

the  evening Ann,  wife  of  John  B.  Visscher,  died, Mary,  wife  of 

George  Newman,  died,  aged  67 Marie  Magdelaine  De   Beau  died, 

aged  67 George  Kruder  died,  aged  47,  and  was  buried  on  the  Sth 

with  military  honors. 

Feb.  6.  Rain;  temperature  48  degrees  above  zero,  a  difference  of  64 
deo-rees  in  24  hours At  the  annual  meeting  of  St.  George's  Benevo- 
lent Society,  held  at  their  rooms.  No.  74  State  street,  February  6th,  1863, 
the  following  ofiicers  were  elected  for  the  ensuing  year  :  John  Taylor, 
president;  William  Lacy,  1st  vice  president;  Thomas  Roland,  2d  vice 
president;  W.  J.  Dickson,  treasurer;  Thomas  P.  AVay,  recording  secre- 
tary; William  J.  Taylor,  financial  secretary;  Rev.  W.  Rudder,  chaplain. 
Feb.  7.  Byron  Guest  died,  aged  25. 
Feb.  8.  Mrs.  Mary  Carter,  wife  of  William  Fleming,  died,  aged  37. 

Feb.  9.  Hamlet  H.  Hickcox  died,  aged  73 Polly  Wallace  died  at 

the  Home  of  the  Friendless,  aged  88 Sarah,  wife  of  C.  Van  Wormer, 

died. 

Feb.  10.  Susan  Lansing,  widow  of  Peter  G.  Dox,  died  at  Hopeton, 
Yates  county. 

Feb.  12.  Snow  storm  restored  sleighing Richard  J.  Grant  died, 

aged  45. 

Feb.  13.  John  G.  Perkins  died  in  the  service  at  Nashville,  aged  16, 
and  was  buried  in  this  city  March  13.  He  was  the  son  of  John  H.  Per- 
kins, formerly  a  resident  of  Albany Margaret  Scannel  died,  aged  99. 

Leah,  widow  of  John  A.  Slingerland,  died,  aged  87.     Although  she 

had  always  resided  within  five  miles  of  Albany,  she  had  never  been  on  a 
steam  boat  nor  a  rail  road  car. 

Feb.  14.  Cold   morning — temperature  -  below  zero Bridget  Mc 

Connell  died,  aged  85 Arabella,  widow  of  Gurdon  Corning,  of  Troy, 

died,  aged  82,  and  was  buried  I'rom  51  North  Pearl  street. 

Feb.  16.  Timothy   Falvey   died,   aged  27 Henry   A.   Allen  died. 

He  was  many  years  teller  of  the  State  Bank,  and  afterwards  alderman  of 

the  6th  ward James  E.  Thornton  died,  aged  43. 

Feb.  17.  John  Cahill  died,  aged  39 Ellen  Hayner  died,  aged  33. 

Adaline   V.   Weed  died,  aged   37 Elizabeth,   wife   of  Thomas 

Doyle,  died,  aged  38 Myers  Henderer  died,  aged  54. 

Feb.  18.  J.  W.  Winchell,  the  comedian,  died  at  Lafayette,  Indiana,  of 
malignant  erysipelas,  aged  55.  He  was  a  native  of  Schenectady,  but  made 
his  debut  upon  the  stage  in  Albany,  at  the  Pearl  Street  Theatre,  and  was 
en"-a"-ed  in  comic  exhibitions  of  his  own  contrivance  at  the  Museum, 
corner  of  State  street  and  Broadway,  for  a  series  of  years,  personating  a 
great  variety  of  characters  which  he  had  observed  in  his  travels. 

Feb.  20.  John  Shonts  died,  aged  83 Ann,  widow  of  John  Hastings, 

died,  aged  40. 

Feb.  21.  Temperature  at  zero Susan  Dunham,  wife  of  Cornelius 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Neiospajyers.  145 

Vosburgh,  died,  aged  60 Catharine  McMahon,  wife  of  Thomas  Ken- 
nedy, died,  aged  29. 

Feb.  22.  A  great  number  of  cedar  birds  made  their  appearance  in  the 
city,  preceding  the  snow  storm,  which  began  at  the  south  and  reached  this 
city  in  the  evening,  leaving  about  six  inches  on  the  ground.  The  birds 
had  a  partiality  to  the  trees  surrounding  the  Second  Dutch  Reformed 
Church Patrick  Morrissey  died,  aged  25. 

Feb.  23.  A  few  inches  of  very  light  snow  which  fell  during  the  night 
afforded  some  sleighing.  But  the  severe  cold  abated,  and  the  sun  had  a 
little  effect  upon  the  snow  and  ice  for  the  first  time  since  the  20th.  The 
noon  train  on  the  Hudson  river  rail  road  was  delayed  till  a  late  hour  in 
the  afternoon  by  an  accident  arising  from  the  great  fall  of  snow  on  that 
end  of  the  line Catharine,  wife  of  Adam  Dahlin,  died. 

Feb.  25.  Maria  Victoria  Shufliebotham  died,  aged  23 Alonzo  Dan- 

vers  Nichols  died,  aged  37. 

Feb.  26.  William  S.  Tucker  died,  aged  36 Bridget  Fitzsimmons 

died,  aged  24. 

Feb.  27.  Peleg  Miller  died,  aged  80 Catharine,  wife  of  C.  C.  Vail, 

died,  aged  29. 

Feb.  28.  Sylvanus  Kelley,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  Coeymans,  aged  78. 
Mrs.  Jane  Smith  died,  aged  71 Horace  S.  Wilcox  died,  aged  46. 

March  1.  Snow  fell   all  day Horace  S.  Wilcox  died,  aged  46 

Patrick  H.  O'Neil  died,  aged  27. 

March  2.  John  Van  Zandt  died,  aged  45. 

March  3.  Robert,  youngest  son  of  the  late  Barent  Sanders,  died  at 
Hartford,  Ct.,  aged  40. 

March  4.  Fine  winter  weather  —  sun  by   day  and  moon  by   night  — 

snow  below  and  frost  above The  Albany    Academy  completed  the 

50th  year  of  its  existence.  Arrangements  were  made  for  a  semi-centen- 
nial celebration  of  the  event.  It  was  organized  March  4th,  1813.  The 
purpose  of  celebrating  the  occasion  in  some  suitable  way  had  been  for 
some  time  considered  by  the  board  of  trustees,  and  resulted  in  their  ap- 
pointing a  committee  of  alumni  of  the  institution,  and  a  committee  of  the 
board  of  trustees,  to  devise  suitable  arrangements  for  the  occasion.  This 
committee  consisted  of  the  following  gentlemen:  —  Committee  of  Alumni 
—  Hon.  John  V.  L.  Pruyn,  LLD.,  Albany ;  Hon.  John  Van  Buren, 
New  York  ;  Joseph  Henry,  LL.D.,  Washington  ;  Hon.  Alexander  W. 
Bradford,  LL.D.,  New  York  ;  Rev.  J.  Trumbull  Backus,  D.D.,  Sche- 
nectady; Hon.  Geo.  W.  Clinton,  Buffalo;  Herman  Melville,  New  York; 
Wm.  H.  Bogart,  Aurora;  Prof  Isaac  W.  Jackson,  LL.D.,  Schenectady; 
Peter  Cagger,  John  Tyler  Hall,  Franklin  Townsend,  George  W.  Carpen- 
ter, David  I.  Boyd,  Robert  H.  Waterman,  James  Cruikshank,  LL.D., 
Wm.  B.  Sprague  Jr.,  Charles  H.  Strong,  John  T.  McKnight,  Abraham 
Lansing,  Frederic  P.  Olcott,  Albany.  Committeee  of  Trustees.  —  Orlando 
Meads,  LL.D.,  Christopher  Y.  Lansing,  Thomas  Hun,  M.D.,  Howard 
Townsend,  M.D.,  David  Murray.  This  committee  met  Wednesday  even- 
ing at  the  Academy  Library.  Hon.  John  Van  Buren  was  appointed 
chairman  of  the  meeting,  and  Wni.  H.  Bogart,  secretary.  The  purposes 
of  the  meeting  were  explained  by  Mr  Meads,  and  the  action  already  taken 
by  the  board  of  trustees.  Mr.  J.  T.  Hall  moved  the  appointment  of  a 
subcommittee  of  seven,  with  full  power,  in  connection  with  the  committee 

Hist.  Coll  ii.  19 


146  Notes  from  the  Newsimpers.  1863. 

of  tlifi  board,  to  make  arrangements  ;  and  the  following  committee  was 
appointed:  —  Hon.  John  Van  Buren,  Wm.  H.  Bogart,  John  Tayler  Hall, 
George  W.  Carpenter,  Charles  H.  Strong,  John  T.  McKnight,  Abraham 
Lansing.  Mr.  Meads  was  appointed  to  prepare  a  historical  memorial  of 
the  Albany  Academy,  to  be  published  in  connection  with  the  proceedings 
of  the  anniversary.  A  manuscript  catalogue  of  all  the  alumni  of  the  in- 
stitution was  submitted  by  Mr.  Murray,  containing  in  the  aggregate  over 
four  thousand  names.  This  catalogue,  it  is  proposed,  shall  also  be  printed. 
The  following  finance  committee  was  appointed  :  —  Franklin  Townsend, 
David  I.  Boyd,  R.  H.  Waterman,  W.  B.  Sprague  Jr.,  Frederick  P.  Olcott. 
The  subject  of  erecting  some  suitable  memorial  to  Dr.  T.  liomeyn  Beck  hav- 
ing been  introduced,  —  after  full  discussion  by  Mr.  Pruyn,  Mr.  Meads, 
Mr.  Bogart  and  others,  —  a  resolution  was  unanimously  adopted,  recom- 
mending the  Alpha  Sigma  Society  —  the  members  of  which  were  all 
students  under  Dr.  Beck  —  to  undertake  the  task ;  and  requesting  that 
they  report  the  progress  of  their  enterprise  to  the  meeting  of  the  alumni 
at  their  semi-centennial  anniversary.  The  time  for  holding  the  exercises 
of  the  anniversary  was  fixed  for  the  latter  part  of  June,  to  be  more  defi- 
nitely fixed  by  the  sub-committee  of  arrangements.     The  meeting  then 

adjourned Patrick  Carley  died,  aged  58 Hugh  Swift  died.     He 

was  a  native  of  Ireland  and  came  to  this  country  about  thirty  years  ago. 
He  was  a  man  of  large  influence  in  the  city  —  represented  his  ward  in  a 
common  council,  and  was  member  of  assembly  from  the  1st  district  some 
years  since.  By  a  life  of  industry  he  accumulated  a  competence,  and  was 
much  respected  for  his  integrity  and  worth  by  his  fellow  citizens. 

March  5.  Temperature  below  zero.     The  snow  and  frost  scarcely  yielded 

to   the  rays  of  the  sun   during   the   day Thomas   Ray,  Co.   H,  10th 

regt  ,  died,  aged  20. 

March  6.  Mrs.  Blandina,  widow  of  Charles  E.  Dudley,  died,  aged  80. 
She  was  a  descendant  of  Rutger  Jacobsen  Bleecker,  the  magistrate  who 
in  1656  laid  the  cornerstone  of  the  First  Dutch  Church  erected  on  State 
street,  and  in  her  possession  remained  the  old  stained  glass  window  of  the 
family  placed  in  that  church.  She  was  the  grand  daughter  of  the  Aunt 
Bleecker  mentioned  by  Mrs.  Grant,  and  the  daughter  of  Rutger  Bleecker, 
who  obtained  a  large  landed  property  by  purchase  of  confiscated  estates 
after  the  revolutionary  war,  on  part  of  which  the  city  of  Utica  now  stands. 
She  possessed  great  wealth,  which  she  dispensed  liberally  upon  religious, 
benevolent  and  scientific  objects,  among  which  was  the  large  endowment 
of  $100,000  to  the  Dudley  observatory,  so  called  in  memory  of  her. 

March  7.  Snow  began  to  fall  in  the  morning,  and  continued  throughout 
the  day  and  evening,  leaving  the  most  considerable  body  of  snow  that  had 
laid  upon  the  ground  at  any  time  during  the  winter. 

March  8.   Snow  began  to  fall  again  about  8  o'clock  in  the  morning,  and 

continued    a  few    hours,  when    the  sun    shone  forth    again Matilda 

Percy,  wife  of  John  D.   Hunter,  died,  aged  39 James  Welsh   died, 

aged  42. 

March  9.  Capt.  Bernardus  B.  Whalen  died.  He  was  connected  with 
the  police  department  of  the  city  for  many  years;  when  the  war  broke  out 
lie  enlisted  in  the  3d  N.  Y.  regiment,  but  contracted  a  fever  at  Fortress 
Monroe  which  terminated  fatally Rev.  Charles  Brady  died  at  Nor- 
wich, Chenango  Co.      He  was   formerly  attached  to  St.  Mary's  church  in 


1863.  "Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  147 

this  city,  and  his  remains  were  brought  here  for  interment (latharine, 

wife  of  Amos  Howes,  died ;    daughter  of  the  late  George.  Monteath 

Edward  McCauley  of  the  159th  regt.,  died  at  Baton  Rouge,  aged  20. 

March  10.  Charles  Fredenrich  of  Co.  B,  10th  regt.,  died  of  typhus 
fever  at  Bonnet  Carre,  La.,  aged  21. 

March  11.  Thomas  Booth  died,  aged  50. 

March  12.  Lawrence  Keegan  died,  aged  65. 

March  13.  Cold  morning,  temperature  in  some  places  9  degrees  below  zero. 
More  snow  and  severe  weather  during  March  than  in  all  the  previous 
winter.     Though   the   sun   shone   clear   throughout  the   day  it   had  but 

little  effect  upon  the  snow.     The  sleighing  excellent James  Layman 

died,  aged  43 Alexander    Edmeston  died,   aged   58 Frank   V. 

Harvey  died,  aged  28. 

March   15.  Cold  morning  —  temperatm-e   2    degrees   above   zero 

John  Norton  died,  aged  38 Walter   Weed,  formerly  of  Albany,  died 

at  Auburn,  aged  81. 

March  16.   Grim  winter  still Edmund  B.  Taylor  died  in  Boston. 

March  17.   Helen,  wife  of  Dr.  Samuel  Freeman,  and  daughter  of  the  late 

Dr.  Hunloke  Woodruif,  of  Albany,  died  at  Saratoga  Springs Martin 

McDonald  died,  aged  19 Edmund  Briggs  Taylor  died  in  Boston  ;  son 

of  Hon.  John  Taylor. 

March  18.  Joshua  P.  Wynkoop  died,  aged  33 Joseph  Wright  died, 

aged  68 John  Franklin  died  at  Rochester,  aged  62,  and  was  buried 

in  Albany. 

March  19.  The  ice  on  the  river  was  now  much  thicker  than  it  had 
been  at  any  previous  time  during  the  winter,  and  the  prospect  of  a  speedy 
resumption  of  navigation  was  quite  gloomy.  The  sky  was  clear,  but  the 
atmosphere  was  cold,  the  mercury  in  the  thermometer  every  morning  for 
the  past  week  or  ten  days  being  down  to,  if  not  below  zero.  The  atmo- 
sphere along  the  entire  line  of  the  river  appeared  to  be  about  the  same. 
From  Haverstraw  bay  to  a  point  opposite  Cornwall  the  river  is  firmly 
closed  with  ice,  with  the  exception  of  two  or  three  miles  below  Fort  Mont- 
gomery and  West  Point.  At  Peekskill  persons  were  skating  on  the  river 
on  Monday,  and  the  fishermen  were  busily  engaged  with  their  nets. 
Newburgh  bay  was  full  of  floating  ice,  but  the  ferry  boat  at  Fishkill  con- 
tinued to  make  her  trips,  though  with  difficulty A  few  minutes  before 

11  o'clock  the  brewery  of  John  Archer,  on  the  western  plank  road,  a  short 
distance  out  of  the  city,  was  burnt. 

March  21.  Emeline,  wife  of  George  Anderson,  died Esther  White, 

wife  of  George  Pratt,  died,  aged  73 John  Dwyor  died,  aged  47 

Asceneth  B.  Herring  Gillespie  died  at  Buffalo,  aged  34,  and  was  buried  in 
Albany. 

March  23.  Sarah,  wife  of  John  McGraw,  died,  aged  51. 

March  24.  After  more  than  three  weeks  of  severe  winter  weather  it 
began  to  rain  ;  the  snow  disappeared  in  48  hours,  and  the  river  was  greatly 

swollen Angelica   Schuyler,  wife  of  Sanders  Lansing  Jr.,  died,  aged 

67,  and  was  buried  at  West  Troy. 

March  25.  After  five  years'  imprisonment  Mrs.  Mary  Hartung  was  set 
at  liberty  by  the  judgment  of  the  court  of  appeals,  all  the  judges,  eight  in 
number,  concurring  in  the  opinions  written  by  Judges  Denio  and  Emmett, 
sustaining  the  decision  of  the  court  of  oyer  and  terminer.  Judge  Wright 


148  Notes  from  the  Nev^spapers.  1863. 

presiding,  discharging  her  frora  custody.  A  brief  review  of  the  case  may 
be  interesting  to  the  public.  Mrs.  H.  was  indicted  at  the  June  general 
sessions,  1858,  for  the  murder  of  her  husband,  Emil  Hartung.  She  was 
tried  and  convicted  before  the  court  of  oyer  and  terminer,  January,  1859. 
Judgment  of  death  was  recorded  against  her,  and  on  the  3d  of  March, 
1859,  she  was  sentenced  to  have  been  hung  on  the  27th  of  April  then 
following.  Of  the  extraordinary  proceedings  of  the  jury  that  pronounced 
the  accused  guilty  we  do  not  now  propose  to  speak.  Most  of  our  citizens 
remember  the  strange  termination  of  the  trial  which  excited  so  much 
interest  in  the  community.  On  the  19th  of  April,  1859,  a  bill  of  excep- 
tions on  her  behalf  was  settled,  signed  and  sealed,  and  on  the  28d  day  of 
April  thereafter  a  writ  of  error  was  issued  thereupon  out  of  the  supreme 
court.  That  court  decided  that  the  conviction  and  judgment  was  not,  in 
any  respect,  erroneous,  and  overruled  each  of  the  exceptions,  and  on  the 
16th  of  December,  the  same  year,  affirmed  the  judgment  of  the  oyer  and 
terminer.  On  the  10th  of  January,  1860,  a  writ  of  error  was  issued  out 
of  the  court  of  appeals,  to  review  the  judgment  of  affirmance  rendered  by 
the  supreme  court.  The  return  to  that  writ  was  made  on  the  14th  of 
February,  1860.  After  the  allowance  of  the  writ  of  error  from  the  court, 
and  after  the  return  had  been  made  to  it,  but  before  argument,  the  legis- 
lature, on  the  14th  of  April,  1860,  passed  the  act  in  relation  to  capital 
punishment,  and  thereby  repealed  all  those  portions  of  the  revised  statutes 
which  provided  for  the  punishment  of  death  on  convictions  for  crime. 
There  was  no  saving  clause  in  the  act  exempting  frora  its  operations 
crimes  previously  committed.  The  case  was  decided,  in  the  court  of 
appeals,  on  the  loth  of  October,  1860,  by  a  reversal  of  the  judgment  of 
the  oyer  and  terminer,  and  of  the  supreme  court,  but  it  at  the  same  time 
declared  that  none  of  the  exceptions  on  the  part  of  the  prisoner  were  well 
taken.  They  held,  also,  that  neither  the  judgment  of  the  oyer  and  ter- 
miner or  of  the  supreme  court  was  erroneous  at  the  time  it  was  rendered, 
but  that  the  judgment  had  become  a  wrong  judgment  in  consequence  of 
the  repeal  of  the  punishment  by  the  act  of  1860.  On  the  ITth  of  April, 
1861,  and  after  the  reversal  of  the  conviction  by  the  court  of  appeals,  the 
legislature  passed  another  act  entitled  :  "  An  act  in  relation  to  cases  of 
murder  occurring  previously  to  the  4th  day  of  May,  1860,"  by  which  it  was 
attempted  to  revive  the  provisions  of  the  revi.sed  statutes  which  had  been 
repealed  by  the  act  of  1860.  After  the  reversal  of  the  judgment  by  the 
court  of  appeals  the  prisoner  remained  in  custody  until  the  September 
oyer  and  terminer,  1861,  at  which  term  the  counsel  for  the  people  filed 
the  remittitur  from  the  court  of  appeals,  and  on  the  same  day  the  prisoner's 
counsel  applied  for  and  obtained  leave  of  the  court  to  interpose  and  file 
three  special  pleas  in  her  behalf,  as  follows  :  First.  A  plea  of  former 
conviction  for  the  same  offence.  Second.  That  by  that  conviction  she  had 
o7ice  been  placed  in  jeopardy  of  her  life,  and  could  not,  under  the  fonsti- 
tution  of  the  United  States,  or  of  this  state,  be  again  legally  tried  upon 
the  same  indictment.  Third.  That  the  act  of  the  legislature  of  the  14th 
of  April,  1860,  having  repealed  the  punishment  for  the  crime  of  murder 
theretofore  committed,  was,  in  its  effect,  a  pardon  of  the  crime  alleged 
against  the  prisoner.  To  these  pleas  the  counsel  for  the  people  replied, 
and  to  each  of  the  replications  there  was  a  general  demurrer.  After 
argument  the  court  of  oyer  and  terminer,  on  the  12th  day  of  December, 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  149 

1861,  Hon.  Justice  Wright  presiding,  held  the  replications  insufficient, 
and  the  pleas  in  bar  good,  and  sufficient  to  preclude  the  people  from  any 
further  prosecution  of  the  indictment,  and  rendered  judgment  discharging 
the  prisoner,  and  that  she  go  without  delay,  &c.  From  the  judgment  of 
the  oyer  and  terminer  the  district  attorney  sued  out  a  writ  of  error  to  the 
supreme  court,  and  rearrested  the  defendant,  and  kept  her  in  custody 
from  that  time.  The  supreme  court  reversed  the  judgment  of  the  oyer 
and  terminer,  ordered  that  the  defendant  have  leave  to  withdraw  the 
demurrers  and  to  rejoin  to  the  replications,  or  that  she  have  leave  to  with- 
draw her  special  pleas  in  bar  and  to  proceed  to  trial  upon  the  plea  of  not 
guilty  to  the  indictment.  Without  going  into  further  details  of  the  legal 
proceedings  which  followed,  let  it  suffice  to  say  that  the  case  was  again 
taken  to  the  court  of  appeals  for  final  judgment  on  the  points  set  forth  in 
the  special  pleas  of  Mrs.  Hartung's  counsel,  W.  J.  Hadley,  and  that  tri- 
bunal, the  court  of  last  resort  in  this  state,  has  decided  they  were  well 
taken,  and  discharged  the  prisoner  from  custody,  and  she  is  once  more  a 
free  woman.  This  is  one  of  the  most  extraordinary  cases  on  record. 
To  the  generous  counsel  who  has  so  manfully  aided  her  with  time  and 
talent  through  five  years,  says  the  Evening  Journal,  she  owes  a  debt  of 
gratitude  she  can  never  repay.  Undeterred  by  adverse  decisions,  and 
believing  in  the  innocence  of  his  client,  he  has  fought  the  case  from 
court  to  court,  until  his  perseverance  is  rewarded  by  the  success  he  has 
achieved,  and  finds  his  recompense  in  the  reflection  that  he  has  been  the 
means  of  saving  his  client's  life  and  restoring  a  mother's  love  and  care  to 
two  orphaned  and  unprotected  children.  Surely  it  is  honorable  to  the  legal 
profession  to  have  so  striking  an  exemplification  of  the  sanctity  with  which 
they  regard  the  obligations  of  professional  duty.  Though  the  case  itself 
is  closed,  the  moral  that  it  points  still  lives.  If,  as  some  suppose,  this 
woman  was,  in  fact,  made  the  innocent  tool  of  a  guilty  and  crafty  man, 
her  young  life  has  been  indeed  a  wretched  one;  but  it  speaks  in  thrilling 
tones  of  caution  to  the  giddy  and  the  thoughtless  to  beware  how  they  take 
the  first  step  which  leads  from  virtue  to  the  downward  paths  of  vice. 
While,  if  the  sense  of  secret  guilt  burthens  her  conscience,  let  her  and 
others  reflect  that  though  they  may  successfully  evade  the  responsibility 
due  to  outraged  human  laws,  yet  there  is  one  tribunal  where  the  judgment 
is  yet  to  come,  but  whose  decrees  are  unerring  and  irreversible,  and  whose 
solemn  retributions  may  only  be  averted  by  sincere  and  genuine  penitence 
for  the  past,  and  a  resolute  and  inflexible  purpose  to  lead  a  virtuous  life 

in  the  future The  board  of  trade  was  called  together  this  morning  to 

listen  to  an  address  by  Edward  C.  Delavan,  showing  that  Albany  should 
be  the  leading  manufacturing  city  of  the  country.  We  have  the  neces- 
sary water  power  to  compete  with  any  other  location,  while  our  river,  rail 
road  and  canal  facilities  are  equal  to  any  other  location.  Mr.  D.  claimed 
that  in  case  of  a  foreign  war  Albany  is  the  safest  city  in  the  republic. 
During  the  war  of  181:^  the  New  York  banks  sent  their  specie  to  this  city 
for  safe  keeping.  The  vault  built  for  its  accommodation  is  still  to  be  seen 
in  the  Mechanics  and  Farmers'  Bank.  The  address  was  full  of  wise  sug- 
gestions —  ideas  well  calculated  to  develop  the  business  capacity  of  the 
city  and  country.  During  the  address  Mr.  D.  stated  that  he  had  been  a 
resident  of  Albany  for  61  years  ;  that  he  had  crossed   the  Atlantic  fifteen 


150  Notes  from  the  Newspai^ers.  1863. 

times  ;  that  he  was  the  first  American  merchant  to  visit  England  after  the 
war  of  1812.  On  his  arrival  at  Bristol  he  found  articles  selling  at  4 
pence  each  which  sold  in  Albany  for  $4  each.  At  that  time  the  United 
States  was  not  a  manufacturing  country.  Mr.  D.  alluded  to  the  proposed 
improvement  of  the  Hudson,  and  stated  that  the  improvement  of  a  river 
in  Scotland  had  increased  the  population  of  Glasgow  from  150,000  in 
1815,  to  500,000  in  1862.  In  1815  the  depth  of  water  at  Glasgow  was 
less  than  that  found  at  Albany.  At  the  present  time  the  water  is  of  that 
depth  that  a  large  portion  of  the  iron  steamers  built  in  Great  Britain  are 
constructed  at  Glasgow.  Mr.  D.  urged  upon  the  board  to  be  up  and 
doing,  as  that  is  all  that's  necessary  to  make  the  city  what  it  should  be  — 

Standard Joseph   Adams  died,   aged  21 Joseph   Straus  died, 

aged  52. 

March  26.  The  river  reached  its  highest  point  at  8  o'clock  in  the  even- 
ine;,  when  it  was  over  the  pier,  but  still  4^  feet  below  the  high  water  mark 
of"l857. 

March  27.  Even  with  the  present  depth  of  water  in  the  river  it  is  a 
remarkable  occurrence  that  the  ice  holds  on,  thus  giving  conclusive  evi- 
dence of  an  immense  barrier  formed  at  the  Castleton  bar.  In  fact,  this  is 
shown  by  other  movements  of  the  water  in  another  direction.  It  appears 
that  an  outlet  was  made  Thursday  night  by  the  water  flowing  through 
Schodack  creek.  The  entrance  into  the  creek  was  made  just  below  the  nine 
mile  tree,  the  water  rushing  through  it  and  the  channel  and  entering  the 
Hudson  river  near  the  Upper  Kinderhook  light  house.  When  the  river 
broke  up  in  January  last  a  barrier  of  ice  was  formed  on  the  Castleton  bar, 
which,  since  that  time,  had  become  more  formidable  by  the  extreme  cold 
weather  of  the  past  forty  days.  The  river  at  New  Baltimore  yesterday 
was  only  about  one  foot  higher  than  at  ordinary  high  water,  which  is  con- 
clusive evidence  that  but  little  water  passes  over  the  bar  at  Castleton. 
Since  8  o'clock  Thursday  evening  the  water  hei-e  has  fallen  about  a  foot 
and  a  half,  and  during  the  morning  the  river  has  continued  to  recede  at 
the  rate  of  from  two  to  four  inches  an  hour.  At  Troy  the  inundation  has 
been  greater  than  it  was  here,  the  water  coming  to  within  two  feet  of  the 
great  height  it  reached  in  1857,  the  macadamized  road  in  front  of  the 
arsenal  at  West  Troy  being  covered  with  water  to  the  depth  of  between 
seven  and  eight  feet.  At  half  past  4  o'clock  Thursday  afternoon  the  bar- 
rier at  the  Nail  Works  gave  way,  but  soon  after  the  ice  stopped  at  the 
Fish  House  bar.  Soon  after,  however,  an  outlet  was  made  on  the  west 
side  of  the  island,  to  the  great  joy  of  those  residing  near  the  river  in  Troy. 
Before  evening  had  set  in  the  water  had  fallen  two  feet  at  Troy,  and 
during  the  night  there  was  another  fall  of  two  feet  —  making  in  all  four 
feet  from  the  highest  point  reached  yesterday.  But  little  damage  has  as 
yet  been  done  here  or  in  Troy  by  the  inundation.  The  only  damage  of 
any  moment  was  the  carrying  away  of  a  portion  of  the  track  and  an 
embankment  on  the  Troy  and  Greenbush  rail  road,  which,  we  learn,  has 
already  been  repaired.  The  slight  movement  made  by  the  ice  opposite  this 
city  gave  conclusive  evidence  of  its  strength  and  the  dangers  that  might 
have  occurred  if  it  had  then  gone  off  with  its  usual  velocity.  The  heavy 
upright  timbers  at  the  Steam  boat  landing  were  broken  as  readily  as  if 
they  had  been  pipe  stems,  and  but  for  the  ice  breaker,  formed  by  the  piling 
up  of  ice  at  the  landing,  the  houses  below  it  on  Quay  street  would  have 


1863.  Notes  from  the  NewsjMpers.  151 

been  demolished.  The  sudden  change  in  the  weathei-  has  already  been 
felt  at  the  north,  the  ground  having  become  frozen  and  the  streams  enter- 
ing into  the  river  becoming  more  sluggish.  A  stitt'  northwesterly  wind 
prevailed  during  yesterday,  which  materially  aided  in  driving  down 
the  water  and  lessening  the  inundation.  From  what  occurred  Thursday, 
those  acquainted  with  the  river  are  of  the  opinion  that  it  will  take  several 
days  of  mild  weather  to  remove  the  barrier  of  ice  formed  below,  or  that  it 
will  require  an  immense  pressure  from  above  to  carry  the  ice  from  here 
over  the  Castleton  bar.  The  outlet  formed  through  the  Schodack  chan- 
nel, it  is  feared,  will  prove  a  great  injury  to  the  navigation  of  the  river, 
as  it  will  cause  more  matter  to  collect  on  the  bar  and  narrow  the  channel. 
The  rail  road  ferry  boats  continue  to  run  regularly  between  this  city  and 
East  Albany  depot.  There  is  some  slight  detention  occasioned  by  the 
inundation,  but  it  is  not  sufficient  to  cause  any  detention  from  those  going 
either  east  or  south. 

March  28.   Mary,  wife  of  Thomas  Donnelly,  died,  aged  27. 

March  29.  The  snow,  which  commenced  falling  on  the  previous  even- 
ing, lay  about  three  inches  in  depth  in  the  morning Rev.  Wm.  H.  Mil- 
ler, pastor  of  the  Third  Reformed  Protestant  Dutch  Church,  took  leave  of 

his  congregation  in  a  ftirewcll  sermon Rev.  Mark  Trafton  took  leave 

of  the    Hudson  Street  Methodist   Episcopal    Church,  and  A.  D.  Mayo, 

of  the   Unitarian  Church Theresa   Kelly  died,  aged  27 Theresa 

Bella  Burns  died,  aged  19. 

March  30.  Clarissa  D.,  wife  of  Francis  Harvey,  died Calvin  Butler 

died,  aged  70, 

March  31.  A  snow  storm  during  the  whole  day.     The  river  was  clear 

below  Coxsackie,  and  the  water  fell  one  foot Michael  A.  Kenny  died, 

aged  19. 

April  1.    George  Burch   died,  aged  46 Jane  Ann  Sacia  died 

Sarah,  wife  of  Wm.  Doyle,  died,  aged  54 Harriet,  wife  of  Harvey 

Temple,  died,  aged  29. 

April  2.  Marianna  Wemple  died Robert  Kerr  died,  aged  58. 

Aprils.  Capt.    John    Johnson    died Catherine   Coleman,  wife  of 

James  McKenna,  died,  aged  33. 

April  4.  The  legislature  passed  a  law  aiding  the  Susquehanna  rail  road 
with  1500,000 "Michael  Manning  died,  aged  20 ximanda  J.,  daugh- 
ter of  the  late  Wm.  Beardsley,  died. 

April  5.  Martin  Stalker  died. 

April  6.  The  temperature  was  above  freezing  point,  and  the  snow  had 
pretty  much  disappeared  in  the  streets.  The  atmosphere  had  a  spring- 
like appearance Paul  McQuade  died,  aged  47. 

April  7.  The  first  steam  boat  arrived  from  New  York Ambrose  L. 

Hascy,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  in  New  York,  aged  28 Stephen  D. 

Jarvis,  of  the  3d  Wisconsin  cavalry,  died  at  Mt.  Vernon,  Missouri,  aged 
17,  youngest  son  of  the  late  John  J.  Jarvis. 

April  8.  Robert  P.  Wiles  died,  aged  49.. Edward   L.  Hallenbeck 

died,  aged  21 Michael  Degan  died,  aged  50. 

April  9.  In  the  evening  a  very  singular  phenomenon  was  observed, 
resembling  a  thin  cloud,  completely  spanning  the  heavens  from  east  to 
west,  about  four  times  the  width  of  a  rainbow.  It  disappeared  before 
ten  o'clock.     There  was  a  display  of  aurora  in  the  north  at  the  time , 


152  Notes  from  the  Neivspajpers.  1863. 

Anna  Hanver  died,  aged  102  years,  6  months Mary  Ann,  daughter 

of  Wm.  Adams,  died. 

April  10.    John   Irwin,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  in  New  York 

Beverley  R.  Hasbrouck  died,  aged  41. 

April  11.  First  day  of  spring  weather.  The  ringing  of  the  new  bell 
of  the  Third  Dutch  Reformed  Church  in  Ferry  street  called  out  the  fire 

department Henry  I.  Snyder  died,  aged  40 A  stranger  died  in 

the  rail  road  depot,  upon  whom  was  found  the  name  of  Philip  Pierce. 

April  12.  The  water  rose  above  the  pier  and  docks,  from  the  eiFect  of 

the  last  two  mild  days Mary  Spence  died,  aged  56 Sarah  Frances, 

wife  of  Charles  Carroll,  died,  aged  41 Margaret,  wife  of  John  Regan, 

died,  aged  25 James  Larkey  died,  aged  25. 

April  13.  John  N.  Skryczniski,  a  Polish  officer,  who  had  subsisted  for 
some  years  upon  charity,  died  at  the  age  of  64.  He  was  accustomed  to 
exhibit  a  prospectus  for  a  book,  to  which  he  had  procured  a  very  large 
number  of  signatures,  with  the  express  avowal  that  he  did  not  promise 
to  deliver  any  book.  It  was  a  mode  of  taking  down  signatures,  and 
taking  in  money.  He  had  been  an  athletic  man,  and  wore  a  military 
buckle  in  his  hat,  and  an  officer's  blue  cloak.  He  constantly  perambu- 
lated the  streets,  poor  and  infirm Orrin  F.  Andrews  died,  aged  37 

Mary  Carlin  died,  aged  68. 

April  14.    z^ccident  on  the  Central  rail  road,  20  persons  injured.     It 

occurred  as  the    train    entered  West  Albany Lucinda  D.,  widow   of 

Isaac    Packard,   died,   aged    74 Arlond    Carroll   died,    aged  55 

Adjt.  Robert  Dunlop  Lathrop,  of  the  159th  regiment,  was  killed  at  Irish 
Bend,  on  the  Bayou  Peche,  aged  22.  His  funeral  at  Albany  took  place 
Pec.  19. 

April  15.  Two  fires  occurred  during  the  night Lucy  Watson  died. 

April  16    Esther   Bennett,  wife    of  Wm.   P.  Brayton,   died,  aged   46. 

Peter  O'Hare  died,  aged  41 Cathalina  Groesbeck,  wife  of  Thomas 

Loriug,  died  at  Blackwoodtown,  N.  J.,  aged  57. 

April  17.  William  II.  Kennedy  died,  aged  47. 

April  18.  High  water,  the  docks  submerged,  to  the  great  injury  of 
business Sarah  Ann,  wife  of  Thomas  Callandine,  died,  aged  32. 

April  19.  Isabella  McKay  died Francis  Burns,  the  first  Methodist 

missionary  bishop  to  Africa,  died  in  Baltimore,  aged  54.  He  was  born 
in  Albany,  and  had  been  a  missionary  to  the  people  of  his  race  since 
1834,  in  Liberia. 

April  20.  The  workmen  of  James  Goold  &  Co.  presented  the  senior 
partner  with  a  service  of  silver  on  the  half  century  anniversary  of  his  entry 

upon  business  as  a  coach  manufacturer  in  the  city  of  Albany Eliza  G., 

wife  of  William  Cox,  died. 

April  21.  Elcnor,  widow   of  Samuel  Waddy,  died,  aged    65 Mary 

Low  died,  aged  84. 

April  22.  Edward  Staats  died  at  Detroit,  Mich.,  formerly  of  Albany. 

April  23.  Uri  Burt  died,  aged  75.  He  came  to  this  city  in  very  hum- 
ble circumstances,  and  by  industry  and  energy  built  up  a  very  extensive 
business.  The  walls  of  his  brewery  occupied  the  square  fronting  on 
Montgomery,  Lumber,  Colonic  and  Centre  streets,  presenting  an  imposing 

appearance Jane  South  wick,  wife  of  A.  S.  Hinkley,  of  Coldwatcr, 

IMich.,  died Thomas  Bray  died,  aged  70. 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspa])ers.  153 

Api-il  2-4.  A  presentation  of  flags  from  the  battle  fields  took  place  at 
the  Capitol,  before  the  legislature.  They  consisted  of  the  regimental  colors 
of  the  volunteer   regiments  from   this  state,  and    were  received  from  the 

hands  of  Adjutant  General  Sprague Alonzo  Bruce  died  at  Chicago, 

aged  50.     He  was  born  in  Rutland  county,  Vt ,  and  resided   in   Albany 
about  20  years Edward  Fargang  died,  aged  24. 

April  26.  E.  E.  Kendrick,  late  cashier  of  the  Albany  Bank  arrived  in 
town,  and  was  put  under  $20,000  bonds  to  appear  and  answer  to  the  charge 

of  forging,  &c.,  in  the  matter  of  that  bank Bridget,  wife  of  Daniel 

Tierney,  died,  aged  46 Julianna  S.,  wife  of  F.  B.  W.  Miller,  died, 

aged  46. 

April  27.  "William  Morrell  died,  aged  82 David  Hunter  died,  aged 

84 Patrick   F.  Buckley  died,  aged   84 John  White,  bill  poster, 

who  disappeared  in  February,  was  found  drowned  in  the  basin  at  the  foot 

of  Hamilton    street Geo.    D.    Jones,  formerly    of   Albany,  died   at 

Fredonia,  Chautauqua  county. 

April  28.  3Irs.  Elizabeth  Carpenter  died,  aged  82 James  Browne 

died,  aged  75 Benjamin  Hansen  died,  aged  79 George  B.  Craven, 

late  of  Albany,  died  at  Waterford,  aged  26 A  stranger,  aged  about  40, 

fell  dead  in  Broadway  in  the  evening Mary  Atcherson  died,  aged  22. 

April  29.  Alexander  Fanyou  died,  aged  60. 

April  30.  Robert  Kidd  died,  aged  21 Charles  F.  Hill  died,  aged 

20 Mary  E.Goodwin  died,  aged  24 Patrick  Welsh  died,  aged  48. 

Mary,  wife    of  Peter   Weldon,    died,  aged   38 Joanna,  wife  of 

Leendert  de  Mol,died,  aged  43. ......William  Pearcey,  crier  of  the  courts, 

died,  aged  79.     He  was  formerly  a  copperplate  printer,  but  for  many 
years  had  been  a  constable  and  crier. 

May  1.  Capt.  William  James  Temple,  son  of  the  late  Col.  Robert  E. 
Temple,  died  of  wounds  received  at  the  battle  at  Chancellorsville,  aged  22. 
Soon  after  the  rebellion  broke  out  a  modest,  attractive  youth  introduced 
himself  to  me  at  Washington,  as  the  son  of  the  late  Colonel  Temple,  saying 
that  he  desired  to  adopt  the  profession  of  his  father.  I  obtained  forhim 
a  first  lieutenancy  in  the  regular  army,  and  he  entered  the  service  ani- 
mated by  the  aspirations  which  make  heroes  and  martyrs.  When  a  year 
afterward  I  returned  from  Europe,  I  inquired  of  Adjutant  General 
Thomas,  who  had  interested  himself  in  securing  commissions  for  several 
young  men  whom  I  recommended,  if  he  knew  anthing  of  Lieut.  Temple. 
He  replied:  "I  have  kept  an  eye  upon  your  boys,  being  partly  responsi- 
ble for  them.  They  are  all  doing  well.  Lieut.  Temple  is  an  excellent 
ofiicer.  Some  three  weeks  since  I  met  young  Temple  again.  He  had 
been  on  a  brief  visit  to  Albany,  and  was  returning  to  his  regiment.  He 
had  been  promoted  to  a  captaincy,  and  was  then  just  21  years  of  age.  He 
was  the  same  quiet,  modest,  gentlemanly  person  I  first  met  two  years  ago, 
reminding  me,  in  his  manner  and  expression,  of  an  estimable  lady  (his 
aunt,  Mrs.  Tweedy)  with  whom  his  boy  days  were  happily  associated, 
and  whose  good  precepts  and  bright  examples  imparted  to  children  all 
that  is  virtuous  and  graceful.  Yesterday,  upon  entering  the  Hudson 
river  baggage  car,  at  Xew  York,  my  eyes  rested  upon  a  square,  ominiously 
proportioned  box,  with  "  Capt.  William  J.  Temple,  17th  U.  S.  Infantry, 
Albany,"  inscribed  upon  its  lid  I  And  there,  cold,  inanimate,  and  dis- 
figured, lay  all  that  remains  of  the  gallant  young  ofiicer  who,  with  beaming 

Hist.  Coll  a  20 


154  Notes  from  the  Newspa'pers.  1863. 

eye,  elastic  step  and  buoyant  spirit,  I  had  so  recently  conversed  with. 
It  was  a  sad  and  startling  transition,  illustrating  with  appalling  emphasis 
the  uncertainty  of  life  —  the  inevitable  reality  of  death.  He  departed, 
in  the  glow  of  health,  with  an  apparently  bright  and  happy  future,  but 
a  few  days  since ;  and  now  his  lifeless  remains,  "  smear'd  in  dirt  and 
blood,"  are  sent  home  in  a  rude  box,  for  interment,  where  all  inherit  alike 
their  "  body's  length""  of  earth.  —  T.  w. 

May  2.  Lucien  Tuffs  died,  aged  55 Eunice  Northrop  died,  aged 

86 Mary  Browne  died,  aged  37. 

May  3.  Charles  McGraw  died,  aged  28 Hannah  Anderson,  wife 

of  Daniel  Ransom,  died,  aged  75 Capt.  Knickerbacker  and  Lieut. 

Koonz  were  killed  in  battle  at  Fredericksburg. 

May  4.  Lawrence  Kip  died. 

May  5.  Fanny  Cowen  died,  aged  61 James  Dunlop  died,  aged  64. 

John   Hale  died,   aged  51 Christiana,   widow    of   Capt.    Lewis 

Campbell,  died Capt.  Douglas  Lodge,  of  the  43d  regt.,died  at  Frede- 
ricksburg, aged  20. 

May  6.  A  man  was  killed  in   Montgomery  street  by  the  cars  as  he  was 

walking  on  th  erail  road  track At    the    battle  near  Fredericksburg 

several  Albanians  were  wounded  or  captured.  Capt.  John  E.  Newman 
was  wounded,  and  Capts.  Wallace,  Thompson  and  Van  Patten  and  Lieuts. 
Hastings  and  Van  Buren  taken  prisoners.  Killed  —  Sergt.  J.  R.  Warren- 
ton,  fragment  of  shell  passed  through  the  body.  Seriously  Wounded  — 
Edward  M.  Mann,  right  leg  amputated  below  knee;  Henry  D.  Callomay, 
fragment  of  shell  in  bowels,  probably  mortally  wounded;  Seth  Patterson, 
right  arm  shot  off ;  J.  W.  Parnell,  right  leg  broken.  Sliglitli/  ^counded — 
Lieut.  J.  T.  Wyatt,  breast;  Duncan  Cameron,  right  leg;  David  D.  Davis, 

face  ;  Lafayette  Murry,  right  ankle  ;    Chas.  M.  Swane,  left  shoulder 

Mary  S.  Barnard,  wife  of  Wm  H.  Manley,  and  daughter  of  the  late 
Daniel  D.  Barnard  of  Albany,  died  at  Montreal,  aged  30. 

May  7.  The  sun  came  out  in  the  morning  after  a  rain  of  48  hours  dura- 
tion  Sarah  Elizabeth  llorabach,  wife  of  James  H.  Seaman,  died  aged 

21 George   W.  Cowell   died,  aged  29 Elizabeth,  wife  of  Patrick 

Grattan,  died,  aged  60. 

May  8.  Honora  Freney  died,  aged  37 Jeremiah  Foley  died,  aged 

78 Dennis  Moss  died,  aged  74 Matilda  F.,  wife  of  Richard  Van 

Rensselaer,  died. 

May  9.  David  Nye  died,  aged   78 Fannie  Nason,  wife  of  Linthal 

Davis,  and  daughter  of  the  late  E.  B.  Slason,  died  at  Waterbury,  (Jonn. 

May  11.  John   Meads  died,  aged   60 Mrs.   Phoebe  Watrous  died, 

aged  66 Ann  Welder,  Avife  of  Thomas  Clinc,  died,  aged  60 Daniel 

H.  Aldrich  died,  aged  19 Visscher  Denniston  died,  aged  20 John 

Q.  Wilson  died  at  Chicago  in  his  83d  year.  He  was  sometime  judge  of 
Albany  county. 

May  12.  Recruiting  tents  were  again  erected  in  State  street Adjt. 

Richard  M.  Strong  died  at  Camp  Bonnet  Carre,  La.,  of  typhoid  fever, 
aged  28.  Adjutant  Strong  was  a  son  of  Anthony  M.  Strong  Esq.,  of 
this  city;  and  at  the  time  it  was  intimated  the  government  would  accept 
volunteers  for  nine  months  he  abandoned  the  legal  profession,  of  which 
he  was  a  highly  respected  and  promising  member,  and  devoted  his  time, 
means  and  cner<rics  to  the  organization  of  the  10th  regiment,  in  order 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Neiosj)a])ers.  155 

that  it  might  be  placed  on  a  war  footing,  and  rendered  acceptable  to  the 
authorities.  Those  who  knew  him  best  need  not  be  reminded  of  the 
deep  interest  he  manifested  in  the  success  of  the  undertaking,  in  which 
he  engaged  with  such  extraordinary  zeal.  His  labors  were  assiduous  and 
untiring.  Even  when  obstacles,  seemingly  insurmountable,  presented 
themselves,  he  did  not  flag  in  his  eflbrts.  They  appeared  only  to  de- 
velop more  clearly  the  energy  of  character  for  which  he  was  noted  among 
his  more  intimate  friends,  and  to  induce  more  determined  efi"orts  to 
accomplish  the  object  in  view.  By  his  devotion  to  the  interests  of  the 
organization,  his  kind  and  generous  treatment  of  its  members,  and  his 
soldierly  bearing,  he  became  endeared  to  all,  even  before  the  regiment 
left  our  city.  Those  noble  traits  of  character  which  rendered  him  so 
deserved  a  favorite  among  both  officers  and  men  were  only  made  more 
apparent  to  all  on  the  field  of  active  duty ;  and  it  was  not  strange  that 
he  should  have  been  held  in  such  high  esteem  by  those  with  whom  he 
was  associated.  He  was  in  all  respects  a  young  man  of  the  most  ennobling 
qualities  of  heart  and  mind  —  the  perfect  embodiment  of  honor  and 
integrity.  He  sacrificed  the  ease  and  comforts  which  he  enjoyed  at 
home,  surrendered  his  position  as  a  professional  gentleman,  to  enter  the 
service  of  the  country.  He  was  actuated  by  the  purest  patriotism,  and 
has  laid  down  his  life  on  the  blood-stained  altar  of  his  country,  while 
striving  with  the  tens  of  thousands  of  patriots  and  heroes  whom  the 
country  must  ever  honor,  to  restore  the  union  and  uphold  the  constitution 

and  the  laws Robert  Shankland    died    at    Newburgh,   aged    87 

Catharine,  wife  of  Patrick  Phillips,  died,  aged  63. 

May  14.  The  IGth  regiment  arrived  from  the  Potomac,  and  had  a 
public  reception.  After  parading  the  streets  under  escort  they  were 
addressed  by  the  governor  at  the  Capitol.  They  left  here  on  the  25th 
June,  1861,  800  men,  and  lost  in  ten   battles  about  500.     It  belonged  to 

the  counties  of  Pranklin  and  St.  Lawrence Magdalena  H.,  widow  of 

Jacob  Ten  Eyck,  died  at  Whitehall  Place,  aged  86 James  Jackson  died. 

May  15.  The  3d  regiment  returned.  It  left  Albany  on  the  16th 
May,  1861,  780  strong,  under  Col.  Townsend.  422  returned  of  the  796 
belonging  to  the  regiment;    the  remainder,  partly  new  enlistments  for 

three  years,  were  on  duty  at   Fortress  Monroe Magdalen  Van  Ben- 

thuysen,  formerly  of  this  city,  died   at   Geneva,  aged  72 Peter  Ben, 

many  years  crier  of  lost  children,  died,  aged  63 Charles  Courtright 

died  at  Baton  Rouge,  La.,  aged  19. 

May  16.  More  regiments  returned  from  the  Potomac,  and  were  es- 
corted through  the  streets  by  the  firemen ;  who,  although  they  had 
performed  that  service  three  days  in  succession,  still  made  a  good  show 

of  numbers Rev.  Garret  Sheehan,  assistant   pastor  of   St.    Joseph's 

Church,  died  in  New  York,  and  was  buried  in  this  city.  After  the 
funeral  services  on  Tuesday  morning,  19th,  his  remains  were  placed 
upon  a  hearse  and  conveyed  to  the  burial  ground  of  the  church.  The 
funeral  cortege  that  accompanied  them  was  large  and  imposing,  and 
embraced  some  twenty-five  priests  and  a  number  of  boys   in  robes.     As 

they  passed   through  the   streets   they   chanted   a  requiem Mary  S. 

Hill,  wife  of  John  E.  Eaton,  died,  aged  52 Charles  A.  Haskell  died 

at  Bonnet  Carre  of  typhoid  fever,  aged  18. 

May  LS.   Norton  Phillips  died,  aged  30. 


156  Notes  frcmi  the  Newspapers. 

May  19.  Nicholas  Bulson  died,  aged  65 Daniel  Twomey  died ^  aged 

65 Henry  Sayre  died  at  Bonnet  Carre  of  fever,  aged  22.     He  was  a 

member  of  Company  B,   177th   regiment  N.   Y.   S.  A^olunteers.     Was 

buried  at  Albany,  March  22,  1864 Henry  Sager  also  died  as  above, 

aged  22. 

May  20.  Mary  Churchill  died,  aged  74. 

May  21.  Very  warm  day — first  of  the  season. 

May  22.  Warm  day.  Four  inquests  on  persons  who  lost  their  lives 
in  various  ways. 

Maj'  23.  Temperature  94  deg Gen.  McClellan  arrived  in  the  city 

as  the  guest  of  Hon.  John  V.  L.  Pruyn.  In  the  evening  he  attended  a 
special  meeting  of  the  common  council,  and  was  addressed  by  Mayor  Perry 
and  Gov.  Seymour,  and  then  escorted  to  the  steam  boat  by  the  firemen 
with  lighted  torches,  and  a  display  of  Roman  candles,  and  surrounded  by 

an  immense  multitude Caroline  E.,  wife  of  James  H.  Thomas,  died, 

aged  26 Caroline  Rockwell,  wife  of  John  I.  Olmsted,  died. 

May  24.   Great  depression  in  temperature   during  the  day,  resulting  in 

rain Darby  Hanley  died,  aged   29 A  letter  received  in  this  city 

from  a  member  of  the  177th  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  Y.,  under  date  Baton 
Rouge,  May  24th,  relates  the  following  sad  occurrence :  "  Our  company 
and  company  E  got  orders  to  go  off  on  a  scout,  with  three  days'  rations. 
One  of  the  corporals  in  our  company  was  shot  dead  on  this  scout  by  Cor- 
poral Teator  of  our  company.  It  seems  that  the  two  corporals  and  a 
private  were  standing  on  the  same  post,  when  Corporal  Thomas  Davidson, 
seeing  a  fire  in  the  woods,  started  off  to  inform  Lieut.  Bantham  of  the 
fact.  On  returning,  he  lost  his  way,  and  instead  of  returning  on  the  right 
road,  he  took  the  road  the  rebels  would  have  taken  had  they  moved. 
Teator  seeing  him  coming,  and  taking  him  to  be  a  rebel,  leveled  his  rifle 
and  shot  him.  He  survived  about  three  hours,  and  we  buried  him  under 
a  large  tree  where  he  died."  Davidson  was  a  harness  maker  by  trade, 
and  while  in  this  city  was  in  the  employ  of  Lyman  J.  Lloyd  Esq.  He 
was  about  twenty  years  of  age,  and  a  young  man  of  exemplary  habits,  social 
bearing,  religious  turn  of  mind,  and  beloved  by  all  who  knew  him. 

May  25.  John  Follett  died,  aged   65 Funeral  of  Capt.  Temple  at 

St.  Peter's  Church.  The  remains  were  escorted  to  the  cemetery  by  the 
City  Volunteers. 

May  26.  Thomas  Lyman    died,  aged  38 Rose,  wife  of  Sampson 

McCann,  died,  aged  72. 

May  27.   Nancy  Corcoran  died,  aged  37 Abram  Hoagdied,  aged  72. 

May  28.  Nancy  Gage  died,  aged  78 Stacy  P.  Stiles  died,  aged  48. 

Caroline  Wilhclmina,  widow  of  George  Kreuder,  died,  aged  34. 

May  29.  Lt.  Wm.  P.  Shear,  quartermaster  of  tbe  2d  regt  ,  committed 
suicide  at  the  Marshall  infirmary,  Troy,  by  cutting  his  throat  with  a  pen- 
knife. "  The  deceased  was  in  good  circumstances  at  the  outbreak  of  the 
rebellion,  but  enlisted  in  Capt.  Olmstead's  company,  on  the  formation  of 
the  2d  regt.,  to  gratify  a  taste  for  military  life.  He  was  ai'terwards  trans- 
ferred to  Capt.  Tibbitts's  company,  promoted  to  the  rank  of  quartermaster 
sergeant,  and  eventually  advanced  to  the  important  position  of  quarter- 
master. He  served  faithfully  with  the  regiment  from  the  time  of  his 
appointment  until  its  return  to  Troy.  He  yielded  too  eagerly  to  the 
temptations  of  city  life,  and  began  a  career  of  dissipation  which  alarmed 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  157 

his  friends.  Lieut.  Col.  Olmstead  caused  him  to  be  sent  to  the  Marshall 
infirmary,  and  it  was  supposed  that  he  had  fully  recovered.  In  a  day  or 
two  more  he  would  have  been  discharged.  The  deceased  formerly  re- 
sided in  this  city,  and  was  engaged  in  a  lucrative  business. 

May  30.  Robbery  of  ^1,600  at  Squires's  brokers'  office The  30  regt. 

was  received  on  its  return  from  the  war,  and  in  the  evening  a  procession 
was  made,  accompanied  by  fire-works,  and  a  welcome  at  the  Capitol  by 
Gov.  Seymour.  The  regiment  was  mustered  in  in  May,  and  left  Albany 
(Col.  Frisby  commanding)  in  June,  1861,  with  741  enlisted  men  and  a 
full  complement  of  officers.  In  the  fall  of  the  same  year  132  were  raised 
for  the  unexpired  term  of  the  regiment.  In  the  fall  of  1862  268  recruits 
were  enlisted  for  three  years,  making  in  all  1,123  enlisted  men.  For 
several  months  after  the  regiment  left  home  it  was  stationed  near  Wash- 
ington ;  but  when  the  peninsular  campaign  was  opened,  it  was  as  a  part  of 
McDowell's  corps  moved  to  the  Rappahannock.  On  the  18th  of  April, 
1862,  the  30th  with  the  rest  of  Cen.  Auger's  brigade,  took  possession  of 
Fredericksburg,  driving  the  enemy  across  the  river,  and  was  only  pre- 
vented from  pursuing  him  by  the  burning  of  the  bridges  over  the  Rappa- 
hannock. The  regiment  remained  there  until  August.  During  that  time 
the  brigade  to  which  it  belonged  made  several  brilliant  reconnoissances, 
one  of  which  was  towards  Spottsylvania  Court  House,  when  Stuart's 
cavalry  attacked  them  in  their  rear,  taking  several  of  their  number 
prisoners.  After  which  ~our  men  attacked  the  rebels  and  drove  and  pur- 
sued them  about  seven  miles.  On  the  10th  of  August  the  regiment  left 
Falmouth  and  marched  to  Culpepper  to  reinforce  Gen.  Pope  after  the 
battle  of  Cedar  mountain  and  reached  there  on  the  11th.  Next  morning 
preparations  were  made  to  attack  the  enemy,  but  on  the  skirmishers  being 
thrown  out,  it  was  found  that  the  enemy  had  retreated.  They  lay  at 
Cedar  mountain  until  about  the  17th,  when  Gen.  Pope  was  ordered  to  fall 
back  across  the  Rappahannock.  From  Culpepper  the  30th  brought  up 
the  rear  of  the  army,  and  was  the  last  to  cross  the  river.  For  three  days 
and  nights  at  the  Rappahannock,  the  regiment  was  constantly  under  fire, 
and  was  successful  in  holding  the  enemy  in  check,  at  this  point;  and  was 
also  engaged  with  the  enemy  at  Sulphur  springs.  On  the  28th  it  took 
part  in  the  short  but  desperate  battle  of  Gainesville,  holding  the  field  after 
the  battle.  On  the  29th  they  were  engaged  in  the  ill  managed  fight  of 
Bull  run,  and  suff"ered  severely.  On  the  30th,  the  battle  being  renewed, 
the  30th  was  among  the  first  to  enter  the  fight,  distinguishing  themselves 
for  their  bravery.  Owing  to  one  of  the  divisions  giving  way  on  their 
left,  the  enemy  succeeded  in  planting  a  battery  which  plowed  through  their 
ranks,  making  great  slaughter  among  them.  Here  the  heroic  Capt.  King 
was  killed  in  front  of  his  company,  and  the  brave  Colonel  Frisby  fell 
while  leading  on  his  men.  This  devolved  the  command  upon  Lieut.  Col. 
Searing,  who  has  proved  himself  a  worthy  successor  of  the  gallant  dead. 
After  the  battle  they  returned  to  their  old  camp  at  Upton  hill.  Remain- 
ing there  a  few  days,  they  were  ordered  oif  into  Maryland,  and  took  an 
honorable  part  in  the  battles  of  South  Mountain  and  Antietam,  where 
Lieut.  Campbell  distinguished  himself  in  leading  his  men  of  the  Lansing- 
burgh  company.  They  were  at  the  battle  of  Fredericksburg,  and  under 
Franklin  on  the  left.  They  were  more  fortunate  here  than  in  other  bat- 
tles  previously,  losing   only  two    men  wounded.     They  also  took   part  in 


158  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1863. 

the  second  battle  with  Hooker,  but  lost  no  men.  From  killed,  wounded 
and  discharged  from  disability,  the  regiment  has  lost  493  men,  leaving  its 
muster  out  strength  about  480.  One  hundred  and  fifty  three  of  the  three 
years'  recruits  will  be  left  in  the  service.  There  are  now  seventy  two  sick 
and  wounded  in  hospital.  Ninety  men  and  six  ofl&cers  have  been  killed  in 
action.  Two  hundred  and  nineteen  men  and  twelve  ofiicers  have  been 
wounded  in  action.  Only  eight  men  and  two  officers  have  died  of  disease, 
and  two  men  from  accidental  causes.  Out  of  the  original  number  that 
started  for  the  seat  of  war,  but  one  hundred  and  eighty-six  remain.  Co. 
B,  that  left  Albany  ninety  six  strong,  now  has  but  sixteen  of  the  original 
number  left.  Other  companies  can  show  a  similar  depletion.  All  of  the 
original  officers  are  gone,  some  of  them  transferred  to  other  regiments,  but 
most  of  them  martyrs  to  their  country.  Beside  their  services  in  the  field, 
the  30th  almost  entirely  built  one  of  the  forts  near  Washington.  We 
assume  that  few  regiments  in  the  service  have  done  more  work,  or  in  a  more 
thorough  manner;  and  none,  we  venture  to  say,  have  suffered  less  from 
disease,  a  proof  that  both  officers  and  men  have  been  discreet,  careful  and 
prudent.  They  come  home,  at  the  expiration  of  their  term  of  service, 
with  the  proud  conciousness  of  having  served  their  country  faithfully,  and 
of  having  earned  the  heartfelt  thanks  of  every  true  patriot  for  the  sufferings 
they  have  endured,  and  the  kindling  smile  of  every  eye,  and  the  cordial 
grasp  of  every  hand,  for  the  glories  they  have  won. 

May  31.  Peter  Riley  committed  suicide  by  jumping  into  the  river  at 
Rochester.  On  the  arrival  of  the  New  York  express  train  there,  Sunday 
morning,  a  man  was  discovered  to  jump  from  the  platform  of  one  of  the 
cars  as  it  reached  the  east  end  of  the  river  bridge,  and  spring  over  the 
railing  into  the  water.  He  fell  where  the  water  was  shallow,  near  the 
raceway  wall;  but  being  intent  upon  destroying  himself,  he  struggled 
into  the  current,  and  the  next  moment  was  swiftly  borne  over  the  preci- 
pice before  the  train  had  crossed  the  bridge,  and  within  sight  of  scores 
of  passengers.  The  unfortunate  man  was  Peter  Riley,  of  Albany.  He 
had  become  addicted  to  intemperance,  which  was,  without  doubt,  the 
exciting  cause  of  the  suicide.  He  was  for  a  while  proprietor  of  a  saloon 
in  Rochester,  and  afterwards  engaged  in  the  same  business  at  Elmira. 
He  was  also  employed  at  intervals  on  the  Central  rail  road,  in  the  capacity 
of  baggage  master,  &c.,  and  being  an  accomplished  book  keeper  had,  for 
the  last  four  years,  been  a  clerk  in  the  freight  department  in  Albany. 
Riley  got  aboard  the  train  there  Saturday  night,  taking  a  sleeping  car 
berth.  The  passengers  observed  that  he  was  beside  himself  with  liquor; 
and  during  the  night  he  occasioned  considerable  annoyance  by  frenzied 
and  startling  ejaculations,  such  as  "  I  never  murdered  a  man!"  "I 
never  stole  anything."  "  Rum  has  ruined  me!"  When  the  conductor 
passed  through  the  cars  Riley  implored  him  to  shoot  him.  In  reply  to 
inquiries,  he  stated  that  he  was  on  his  way  to  Kansas.     He  was  between 

35  and  40  years  of  age. — Rochester  paper Jacob  Metz  died,  aged  86. 

June  1.    Harriet  Thompson  died,  aged  44 Bryan  Shea  died,  aged 

60 Mrs.   Mary  Lynch   died,  aged  57 John  B.  McClaskey  died  at 

New  Orleans,  aged  51. 

June  2.  James  Cassidy  died,  aged  19. 

June  3.  Tammy,  wife  of  Brown  S.  Spencer,  died,  aged  55. 

June  4.  Mary,  wife  of  Robert  McDonald,  died,  aged  29. 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  159 

June  5.  Andrew  C.  Iletrick  died,  aged  IC Ilattie  E.  Derby  died, 

aged  20. 

June  6.  Thomas  Brown,  a  returned  soldier,  was  found  dead  in  the 
river,  near  the  Columbia  street  bridge,  on  Saturday.  He  was  found  in  a 
skiflF,  wuth  his  head  and  a  portion  of  his  body  in  the  water.  Upon 
examination   it  was  discovered  that  his  neck  was  broken.     An  inquest 

was  held,  and  the  jury  rendered  a  verdict  of  found  drowned William 

Kerr  died,  aged  65. 

June  7.  Mrs.  Rachel  Tryon  died,  aged  78 John  Murray  died,  aged 

31 Wm.  Kennedy  died,  aged  71. 

June  8.  Omie  J.  Lagrange  died,  aged  64 John  Guardenier,  mem- 
ber of  Co.  B,  177th  regiment,  died  at  Baton  Rouge  of  typhoid  fever. 

June  10.  Mary  McGraw,  wife  of  Andrew  Kearney,  died,  aged  35 

George  G.  Thayer,  Co.  E,  177th  regiment,  died  of  typhoid  fever  at  Bon- 
net Carre,  La.,  aged  20. 

June  11.  The  84th  regiment,  Col.  Laflin,  reached  the  city  early  in  the 
morning  on  its  return  from  the  seat  of  war.  They  were  recruited  princi- 
pally in  Herkimer  county,  and  passed  through  this  city  in  May,  1861, 
under  Col.  Ladue,  800  strong;  and  returned  427,  after  having  received 
100  recruits  during  their  absence William  Baker  died,  aged  26. 

June  12.  The  Hudson  river  steamer  Mary  Powell,  Captain  A.  L.  An- 
derson, made  the  run  between  New  York  and  Poughkeepsie  on  Friday 
last  in  three  hours  and  forty-two  minutes.  Leaving  New  York  at  half 
past  three  o'clock  p.  M.,  she  reached  the  latter  city  at  twelve  minutes  past 
seven  o'clock.  Deducting  thirty-five  minutes  consumed  at  landings  and 
five  minutes  lost  in  getting  into  the  stream  on  starting,  and  the  actual 
running  time  for  the  seventy-five  miles  is  three  hours  and  two  minutes  — 

a  feat  unprecedented  in  the  annals  of  Hudson  river  steam  boating 

Catharine  Dwyer  died,  aged  61 Patrick  Phillips  died,  aged  62. 

June  13.  Thomas  Byrn  died. 

June  14.  Our  citizens  were  startled  on  Saturday  at  the  announcement 
that  Col.  M.  K.  Bryan,  Major  James  H.  Bogart  and  Captain  Henry  Hul- 
burt,  of  this  city,  had  fallen  martyrs  to  the  cause  of  the  Union  before 
Port  Hudson  in  the  second  attack  on  that  stronghold  on  the  14th  inst. 
Col.  M.  K.  Bryan,  in  command  of  the  175th  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  at  the 
time  of  his  death,  was  about  forty  years  of  age.  He  was  born  in  Ireland, 
and  came  to  this  country  in  1834.  He  located  in  New  York  for  a  short 
time,  when  he  came  to  this  city  and  went  into  the  employment  of  his 
cousin.  Col.  John  McCardel.  Subsequently  he  moved  to  New  Orleans, 
where  he  engaged  in  business,  and  some  time  after  he  again  returned  to 
this  city,  and  assumed  the  charge  of  Col.  McCardel's  hotel,  then  located 
at  the  corner  of  Lydius  and  Quay  streets.  In  time  he  became  the  owner 
of  the  establishment,  and  after  doing  a  successful  business  there  he  pur- 
chased the  Pavillion  in  Greenbush,  from  whence  he  again  removed  to  this 
city  to  take  charge  of  Van  Vechten  Hall,  from  which  place  he  removed  to 
Hudson  street,  where  he  carried  on  business  until  his  departure  for  New 
Orleans.  Col.  B.  was  one  of  the  most  accomplished  military  men  we  ever 
had  in  Albany.  For  twenty  years  past  he  had  devoted  himself  to  the 
service  with  an  energy  and  will  that  won  for  him  the  respect  and  confi- 
dence of  his  fellow  citizens.  He  held  the  position  of  private  for  several 
years,  and  went  through   all  the  non-commissioned  ofiices,  until  he  was 


160  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1863. 

elected  to  the  command  of  the  Worth  Guards,  which  position  he  held 
with  honor  to  himself  and  his  command  until  he  was  promoted  to  the 
lieutenant  colonelcy  of  the  25th  regiment,  the  lamented  Col.  Frisby  being 
then  in  command.  When  Col.  Frisby  was  appointed  brigadier  general  of 
militia,  Col.  B.  was  promoted  to  the  colonelcy  of  the  regiment,  and  re- 
mained in  command  until  his  appointment  to  the  colonelcy  of  the  175th 
regiment.  When  the  rebellion  first  broke  out,  and  Washington  was 
threatened,  in  response  to  the  call  of  the  general  government  for  imme- 
diate aid.  Col.  Bryan,  with  a  patriotic  ardor  which  all  will  remember, 
called  his  officers  together,  and  the  services  of  the  25th  were  promptly 
tendered  to  Gov.  Morgan,  who  gladly  accepted  them.  Col.  B.  and  his 
men  had  not  time  even  to  arrange  their  business  matters  before  orders  were 
received  for  their  departure.  But  they  did  not  hesitate.  They  abandoned 
business,  families,  friends  and  all,  and  hastened  to  the  defence  of  the 
capital.  Arriving  in  Washington  they  were  hurried  across  the  river  to 
Arlington  heights,  being  one  of  the  first  regiments  to  march  over  the 
long  bridge.  They  were  directed  to  take  position  on  the  heights,  which, 
at  that  time,  was  threatened  by  the  rebels,  and  immediately  commenced 
the  erection  of  the  fortifications  now  known  as  Fort  Albany,  one  of  the 
most  formidable  and  best  constructed  earthworks  in  the  vicinity  of  Wash- 
ington. The  regiment  remained  on  the  heights  until  the  expiration  of  its 
term  of  service,  and  then  returned  home,  not  having  been  engaged  in 
battle,  but  rendering  most  valuable  services  to  the  country  during  its 
three  months  absence.  When  Washington  was  a  second  time  threatened, 
and  Banks  overpowered  by  superior  numbers  in  the  valley,  another  call 
was  made  for  the  militia  of  the  state.  The  25th  regiment  was  in  a  disor- 
ganized condition  at  the  time,  without  uniforms  and  with  thinned  ranks. 
Col.  B.  resolved  in  his  own  mind,  after  consultation  with  some  of  his  of- 
ficers, to  again  enter  the  field.  He  devoted  his  whole  time  and  energies 
to  filling  up  the  ranks,  and  placing  the  regiment  on  a  war  footing,  and  his 
indomitable  perseverance  was  crowned  with  success,  for  in  a  few  days 
after  orders  were  received  he  left  town  at  the  head  of  nearly  six  hundred 
men,  and  proceeded  to  Fortress  Monroe,  and  from  thence  to  Suffolk,  Va., 
where  the  regiment  remained  for  three  months,  and  for  the  services  ren- 
dered by  it  received  the  highest  commendations  of  the  general  command- 
ing. After  returning  home  Col.  Bryan  devoted  himself  to  the  reorgani- 
zation of  the  regiment,  and  was  engaged  in  this  work  when  Col.  Corcoran 
announced  his  purpose  to  raise  a  brigade,  having  received  the  consent  of 
the  war  department  to  do  so.  Col.  Bryan,  deeming  it  his  duty  to  again 
enter  the  service,  having  received  a  request  from  Gen.  Corcoran  to  take 
command  of  a  regiment,  promptly  accepted  the  proposition,  and  again 
gave  himself  up  wholly  to  the  patriotic  work.  Those  who  knew  the  man 
best,  and  how  unceasingly  he  labored  to  fill  up  his  command,  will  bear 
willing  testimony  to  his  zeal  and  energy  in  behalf  of  the  great  cause  of 
the  Union.  After  his  regiment  was  fully  organized  he  received  orders  to 
report  to  Fortress  Monroe,  and  from  thence  went  to  New  Orleans,  having 
been  detached  from  the  brigade.  Of  the  services  performed  by  him  in 
command  of  his  regiment  during  the  Louisiana  campaign  it  is  not  neces- 
sary we  should  speak  in  detail.  It  is  sufficient  to  say,  that  he  was  always  at 
his  post,  performing  his  duty  to  the  satisfaction  of  his  superior  officers,  and 
enjoying  the  entire  confidence  of  his  subordinates.     The  manner  of  his 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  161 

death  is  stated  in  the  following  letter,  written   by  Surgeon  O'Leary,  of 
the  175th  regiment,  to  the  Keverened  Father  Wadhams  of  this  city: 

Neav  Orleans,  June  18,  1863. 
Reverened  Sir  :  It  becomes  my  painful  duty  to  inform  you  of  the 
death  of  Col.  M.  K.  Bryan,  of  your  city.  He  was  killed  in  an  engage- 
ment before  Port  Hudson  on  Sunday  morning,  14th  instant.  He  received 
two  shots;  the  first  supposed  to  be  a  round  shot,  grazing  the  skin  and 
fracturing  both  bones  of  the  lower  left  leg;  the_second,  a  grape  shell, 
mangling  the  flesh  and  bones  of  the  right  leg,  below  the  knee.  As  near 
as  [  can  learn,  he  lived  about  an  hour  after  receiving  his  wounds.  He 
seemed  to  feel  conscious  of  his  approaching  end,  and  died  like  one  going 
to  sleep.  I  have  just  arrived  in  this  city  with  his  remains,  and  shall  send 
them  home  at  the  earliest  opportunity.  Connected  as  I  have  been  for  the 
last  two  years  with  the  military  career  of  the  departed,  it  was  a  crushing 
blow  to  see  him  laid  in  the  cold  embrace  of  death.  A  nobler  man  never 
lived.  A  braver  soldier  never  wielded  a  sword.  A  truer  Christian  never 
knelt  before  his  Maker.  He  has  left  this  earth  of  discord  and  strife  for 
the  bright  home  of  the  saints  and  angels.  Let  us  hope  that  his  reward 
will  be  as  great  in  heaven  as  his  noble  services  were  underrated  on  earth. 
May  Grod  have  mercy  on  his  poor  family  and  support  them  in  this  their 
dark  hour  of  trial.  Believe  me,  dear  father,  to  be 

Your  very  humble  servant, 

C.  B.  O'Leary, 
Surgeon  175  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  V, 

Not  one  of  those  who  were  present  at  the  residence  of  the  gallant  sol- 
dier on  the  occasion  of  the  presentation  to  him  of  his  military  outfit,  on 
the  eve  of  his  departure  for  the  seat  of  war,  for  a  moment  entertained  the 
thought  that  he  would  so  soon  surrender  his  life  in  battling  for  his  adopted 
country  and  its  honor.  They  bade  adieu  to  him  with  the  full  knowledge 
that  wherever  he  might  be  assigned  to  duty  he  would  distinguish  himself. 
His  devotion  to  the  Union,  and  his  willingness  to  fight  for  it,  had  been 
clearly  demonstrated  by  the  sacrifices  he  made  when  on  two  former  occa- 
sions he  abandoned  his  family  and  his  business  and  hurried  to  the  scene 
of  danger  to  meet  the  foes  of  our  distracted  country  and  of  liberty.  If 
ever  there  was  a  pure  patriot  that  man  was  Col.  M.  K.  Bryan.  He  was 
actuated  by  no  mercenary  or  sordid  motives,  and  his  works  speak  louder 
than  any  words  we  can  utter.  Like  his  lamented  friend  and  associate  — 
his  tutor  —  Frisby,  he  felt  that  the  country  demanded  his  services,  and 
he  cheerfully  gave  them  to  aid  in  crushing  out  the  accursed  rebellion. 
Like  the  gallant  Frisby  he  will  be  mourned  by  every  Albanian,  and  the 
unbidden  tears,  as  they  trickled  down  the  cheek  of  youth  and  the  fur- 
rows of  age,  when  the  sad  news  was  announced  Saturday,  were  silent  but 
expressive  messengers  of  the  deep  sorrow  that  it  occasioned.  He  died  as 
a  hero.  His  last  breath  was  the  faint  utterance  of  the  departing  spirit  for 
his  country.  His  memory  will  he  cherished  with  reverence  by  all  who 
honor  the  brave, and  fearless  soldier,  living  or  dead,  and  his  name  shall 
be  inscribed  on  that  immortal  tablet  which  bears  the  record  of  patriotic 

devotion  to  country Col.  Lewis  Benedict  writes  that  Major  James  H. 

Bogart,  of  the  iG2-d  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  was  among  the  killed  in  i\\Q 
assault  on  the  14th  instant,  but  we  have  received  no  particulars  of  his 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  21 


162  Notes  from  the  Neivspapers.  1863. 

death.  He  was  formerly  a  clerk  in  the  Assorting  House  in  this  city,  and 
a  member  of  the  Zouave  Cadets.  He  entered  the  service  early  in  the  war, 
and  was  subsequently  appointed  to  the  majority  of  the  162d.  He  was  an 
accomplished  young  officer  and  a  gallant  soldier,  as  is  attested,  not  only 
by  his  death  on  the  field  of  battle,  but  by  the  willing  testimony  of  the 

officers  and  men  of  the  regiment Captain  Henry  S.  Hurlburt,  of  the 

91st  regiment,  was  also  killed  in  the  assault  on  the  14th.  Previous  to  the 
breaking  out  of  the  war  he  was  in  the  employ  of  the  Central  rail  road. 
When  the  organization  of  the  3d  regiment,  under  Col.  Fred.  Townsend, 
was  commenced,  he  recruited  Co.  F,  of  that  regiment,  and  went  away  in 
command  of  it.  Some  time  after  the  regiment  entered  the  service  he 
resigned  and  came  home,  and  the  91st  regiment  being  in  process  of  organ- 
ization he  accepted  the  command  of  a  company  attached  to  it.  He  was  a 
young  man  of  fine  soldierly  qualities,  and  until  the  time  of  his  death  had 
escaped  all  the  perils  of  battle.  He  had  a  large  circle  of  friends  and 
acquaintances  in  this  city  who  will  mourn  the  loss  of  the  gallant  soldier 

Sylvester  B.  Shepherd  was  killed  at  Port  Hudson,  aged  22. 

June  16.  The  laborers  on  the  dock  stopped  work,  demanding  $1.50  a 
day  for  their  work.     They  formed  in  procession  and  marched  through  the 

streets Nellie  A.,  wife  of  Henry  Broefl^e,  died,  aged  23 Wm. 

Lennon  died,  aged  54 Dorolhy,  widow  of  John  Smith,  died,  aged  53. 

Stephen  Angus  died,  aged  35 Edwin  A.  Linsley,  177th  regiment, 

N.  Y.  S.  v.,  died  at  Bonnet  Carre,  La. 

June  15.  The  dock  laborers  were  joined  by  the  Central  rail  road  laborers 
in  a  strike  for  81.50  a  day,  being  an  advance  of  37i  cts.  In  pursuance 
of  a  published  call,  there  was  a  large  gathering  of  the  laborers  on  the 
Central  road  at  the  corner  of  Quackeubush  and  Water  sts.  Superinten- 
dent Foster  was  present  and  announced  that  the  road  would  pay  ten  shil- 
lings per  day.  The  men  loudly  protested  and  refused  to  go  to  work. 
Messrs  Cuttler's  and  AVatson's  trucks  were  unemployed,  and  the  depot 
presented  a  quiet  appearance,  except  when  an  attempt  was  made  to  unload 
a  car.  Mr.  Corning  received  an  order  for  iron,  IVom  the  west,  to  be 
shipped  forthwith.  The  iron  was  drawn  to  the  depot,  and  was  thrown  into 
the  cars  when  the  strikers  inlerlered.  Men  were  then  sent  from  Mr. 
Coming's  store  to  ]iut  it  in  the  car,  l.nit  they  were  compelled  to  leave. 
The  parties  to  which  it  was  being  shipped  then  employed  their  own  men, 
and  the  iron  was  jilaced  in  the  oar,  hut  not  without  much  trouble,  accom- 
panied with  threats.  The  laborers  in  a  body  walked  out  to  West  Albany, 
and  paid  a  visit  to  the  workshop  of  the  (.'entral  rail  road.  They  found 
the  doors  closed,  but  they  managed  to  get  inside  the  buildings,  and  cleaned 
the  shops.  They  retnrned  to  this  city  in  the  afternoon,  many  of  them 
armed  with  clubs,  and  proceeded  down  State  street  in  a  body.  After 
paying  their  respects  to  Mr.  (Jorning  they  filed  down  South  Pearl  street 
with  the  intention  of  closing  Davidson's  sale  works.  Upon  arrival  there, 
they  found  the  gates  closed  against  them  ;  bub  after  remaining  there  a 
short  time  one  of  their  sympathizers  opened  a  side  gate,  when  the  laborers 
rushed  in,  and  in  a  few  moments  all  work  was  stopped.  Those  who  were 
in  Davidson's  employ,  and  sympathized  with  them,  left,  and  those  who 
did  not  remained  to  renew  their  labors  as  soon  as  they  could  without  fear 
of  molestation.  They  also  visited  Taylor's  brewery,  where  they  burst  open 
the  gates,  ransacking  the  brewing  and  malt  houses  and  drove  the  men  from 


1863.  Notes  from  tlte  Newspapers.  163 

tlieir  work.  They  also  visited  Ransom's  foundery  and  Edson's  distillery. 
At  llansom's  they  did  considerable  damage  by  stopping  the  men  while 
pouring  off  the  castings.  They  also  attempted  to  stop  the  baggage  men 
from  working  in  the  Ceuti'al  yard,  thus  putting  an  embargo  upon  passenger 
travel.  An  attempt  was  made  by  the  police  to  arrest  two  of  the  ringleaders, 
but  they  were  rescued  by  the  mob.  The  directors  of  the  Central  road 
met  yesterday  afternoon,  and  resolved  to  accede  to  the  demands  of  the 
freight  laborers,  thus  fixing  their  compensation  at  twelve  shillings  per  day. 
The  longshoremen  visited  barges  and  vessels  every  where  and  prevented 
the  men  from  working.  They  could  not  agree  upon  prices  among  them- 
selves, and  there  was  no  disposition  on  the  part  of  employers  to  name  a 
price  for  them.  The  police  were  apparently  powerless,  and  the  mayor  of 
the  city  took  no  steps  to  prevent  them,  although  the  city  was  virtually 

in  the  hands  of  the  mob  for  two  days The  workmen  employed  on 

the  Standard  and  Statesman  abandoned  their  places,  and  the  paper  was 

not   published    this    day    in    consequence Francis    Masterson   died, 

aged  54. 

June  17.  It  was  fouud  that  a  portion  of  the  track  of  the  Central  road 
at  the  rocks  was  removed  night  before  last,  and  the  switches  so  fixed  as 
to  throw  trains  off  the  track.  Ky  these  acts  two  locomotives  were  thrown 
off  the  track  and  injured.  But,  fortunately,  it  was  discovered  before  any 
train  passed  over  that  section  of  the  road.  Yesterday  morning  the  laborers 
reassembled  with  increased  force,  when  they  made  a  further  demonstration 
on  the  Central  road,  where  they  drove  off  all  the  baggage  handlers  and 
switch  tenders.  They  then  visited  the  foundries  of  McCoy,  Thatcher  and 
Rathbone,  and  Viele's  bedstead  ftictory,  and  virtually  closed  them.  While 
these  demonstrations  were  being  made  the  police  force  of  the  city  was 
being  assembled  at  the  Second  District  station  house.  The  mayor  then 
addressed  them,  and  said  that  the  ringleaders  of  the  laborers  must  be 
arrested.  AVith  the  mayor  and  Chief  Johnson  at  their  head  the  police 
then  started  off  for  the  scene  of  the  most  recent  act  of  violence,  the  freight 
office  of  the  New  York  Central  rail  road.  Alderman  Wilson,  on  behalf 
of  the  company,  then  took  a  position  on  the  platform,  and  offered  all  who 
would  go  to  work  ^1.50  per  day,  and  a  large  number  came  forward  and 
accepted  the  proposition.  The  trackmen  employed  at  Spencerville,  who  had 
been  refused  the  same  proposition,  determined  that  the  freightmen  should 
not  go  to  work  unless  they  did,  and  made  an  attempt  to  enter  the  freight 
house  and  drive  them  from  it.  The  police  were  stationed  on  the  platform. 
As  the  crowd  advanced  they  were  ordered  back  by  the  mayor.  Instead 
of  complying  with  the  order  they  commenced  to  hoot  and  yell  and  pelt 
the  force  with  stones  and  attack  them  with  clubs.  A  fight  now  ensued, 
lasting  for  some  time,  in  which  the  rioters  were  considerably  damaged 
and  compelled  to  ftill  back.  In  the  course  of  the  fight  the  mayor  got 
hit  in  the  back  of  the  head,  but  without  breaking  the  skin  ;  the  chief 
on  the  back  of  the  left  hand,  and  officer  Manning  on  the  side  of  the  fore- 
head, drawing  blood  freely.  Some  twenty  minutes  after  the  cessation  of 
this  attack  Thomas  Fitzpatrick,  who  had  been  in  the  employ  of  Davidson 
&  Co.,  advanced,  brandishing  a  clnb,  and  amid  yells,  as  if  to  lead  on 
another  attach.  His  arrest  was  promptly  ordered  by  the  mayor,  and 
quickly  put  in  force  by  the  policemen  generally.  Officers  Scott  and  Ma- 
lone  took  him  in  charge  and  started  for  the  Second  District  station  house, 


164  Notes  from  the  Newsjpapers.  1863. 

followed  by  a  vast  majority  of  the  rioters,  who  commenced  firing  stones 
and  other  missiles  at  them.  Arrived  near  Many  &  Bullock's  lumber  yard, 
ofl&cer  Scott  drew  his  revolver  and  told  the  crowd  he  would  be  compelled 
to  use  it  if  their  demonstrations  did  not  cease.  They  then  passed  through 
the  yard,  the  crowd  going  around  and  getting  to  Orange  street  at  about 
the  same  time  with  them.  He  then  again  warned  them  to  keep  off,  dis- 
playing his  revolver.  Upon  arriving  at  Maiden  lane  the  crowd  commenced 
throwing  paving  stones,  which  flew  thick  and  fast  for  some  time.  Officer 
Malone  took  the  prisoner  in  charge  near  the  corner  of  Maiden  lane  and 
James  street,  to  take  him  into  the  station  house,  the  entrance  of  which  is 
just  around  the  corner  on  James  street.  Officer  Scott  remained  in  posi- 
tion on  the  corner  to  prevent  what  was  believed  to  be  an  attempt  to  rescue 
the  prisoner.  He  then  attempted  to  discharge  the  pistol,  but  it  failed  to 
go  off.  The  rescuers  not  then  leaving,  nor  ceasing  the  throwing  of  their 
missiles,  he  again  snapped  the  pistol,  which  this  time  went  off,  the  ball 
hitting  Dennis  Berrigan,  a  printer,  and  one  of  the  strikers  from  the 
Standard  and  Statesman  office,  who  had  been  prominent  in  the  firing  of 
missiles  all  along  the  route,  and  had  a  stone  in  his  hand  at  the  time  he 
was  hit.  The  prisoner  was  taken  to  the  station  house  and  confined  in  a 
cell.  The  crowd  dispersed  in  scattered  and  excited  knots  around  the 
streets.  After  this  occurrence  some  of  our  citizens  waited  upon  the 
governor,  and  at  their  request  he  ordered  down  the  thirty-fourth  regiment 
from  the  barracks.  Three  companies  proceeded  to  the  Capitol  park  and 
stacked  arms.  They  were  relieved  at  1  o'clock  yesterday  afternoon  by 
the  thirtieth.  The  twenty-fifth  regiment  was  also  called  out  by  the  sheriff, 
who  sent  the  following  notice  to  Col.  Swift : 

Sheriff's  Office, 
Albany,  June  17th,  1863. 
To  Colonel  James  Sivi/t,  2bth  regiment,  National  Guards  : 

In  pursuance  of  provision  of  section  291,  chapter  477,  of  laws  of  1862, 
I  do  hereby  make  a  requisition  upon  you  for  the  entire  regiment  under 
your  command  to  assemble  immediately  at  the  arsenal,  in  the  city  of 
Albany,  and  hold  them  in  readiness  subject  to  my  order. 

Yours,  H.  Crandall, 

Sheriff  of  Albany  county. 

In  accordance  with  this  order  Col.  Swift  gave  orders  to  his  several 
captains  to  hold  their  respective  companies  in  readiness.  The  reginient 
did  not  come  out,  however,  as  there  was  no  necessity  for  their  services. 
At  the  freight  office,  after  the  crowd  had  departed  and  the  excitement 
somewhat  subsided,  the  police  cleared  the  space  in  front  of  the  office,  and 
business  was  quietly  proceeded  with,  several  teams  loading  and  unloading. 
At  7  o'clock  all  was  quiet  there.  At  1  o'clock  the  policemen  were  still 
on  guard,  the  doors  of  the  freight  office  locked,  and  work  quietly  pro- 
gressing. The  mayor  went  up  to  the  Capitol  park  about  3  o'clock,  and 
came  back  with  Co.  A,  thirtieth  regiment,  which  formed  and  supported 
the  police,  while  they  cleared  a  large  crowd  from  before  the  freight  office 
and  in  the  yards  opposite.  Between  4  and  5  o'clock  the  mayor  addressed 
the  crowd  at  the  corner  of  Quackenbush  and  Water  streets,  informing 
them  that  he  was  authorized  to  say  that  their  demands  would  be  complied 
with.     They   received  this   announcement  with  cheers,   and   soon  after 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  165 

dispersed.  We  learu  from  one  of  the  directors  of  the  Central,  who  reached 
here  in  the  late  morning  train,  that  a  body  numbering  some  seventy-five 
men  from  this  city  were  walking  upon  the  track,  and  were  within  two  miles 
of  Schenectady.  It  was  thought  that  these  men  would  make  a  demon- 
stration on  the  company's  works  at  that  place,  and  compel  the  men  to  quit 
work.  The  delegation  to  Schenectady  arrived  there,  but  they  did  not 
interfere  with  the  men  at  the  Centra!  freight  shops.  They  seemed  to  be 
at  a  loss  what  to_  do,  and  confined  their  demonstrations  to  parading  the 

streets  of  that  city John  Kennedy  died,  aged  35 Margaret  Mc 

Ilvaine  died. 

June  18.  Quietness  was  in  a  great  measure  restored  by  the  laborers 
going  to  work  at  the  freight  houses  and  on  the  several  barge  lines.  The 
West  Albany  workmen,  however,  were  not  so  fortunate,  and  they  there- 
fore paid  a  visit  to  Mr.  Corning  at  his  residence.  A  committee  waited 
upon  him,  when  he  was  understood  to  say  that  the  men  should  go  to  work  ; 
that  he  would  visit  the  works  and  communicate  with  them  through  their 
respective  foremen.  The  crowd  then  dispersed.  Some  thoughtless  person 
yesterday  morning  put  in  circulation  a  story  that  some  seven  hundred 
laborers  were  on  the  road  coming  to  this  city  from  Troy,  and  that  they 
had  stopped  all  the  stages  and  vehicles  on  the  road  coming  towards  this 
city.  Upon  this  representation  being  made  to  the  mayor,  the  military 
that  were  under  arms  at  the  park  were  ordered  to  march  to  the  Central 
rail  road  freight  depot.  They  promptly  responded  to  the  orders  of  the 
mayor,  and  had  nearly  reached  their  destination  when  a  halt  was  ordered. 
The  story  had  been  made  up  out  of  whole  cloth.  The  stages  had  not  been 
stopped  nor   was   there  any  extraordinary  number  of  men  on  the  road. 

Mrs.  Elizabeth  Sternbergh  died,  aged  76 Benjamin  W.  Carr  died 

at  San  Francisco,  Cal.,  aged  30. 

June  19.  William  Francis  died,  aged  51. 

June  20.  Good  weather  for  wearing  winter  clothing. 

June  21.  Joseph  Strain  died,  aged  71 Charles  H.  Sibley,  of  Co.  G, 

177  N.  Y.  S.  v.,  died  at  New  Orleans. 

June  22.  The  first  appearance  of  the  cars  on  the  horse  rail  road  in 
Broadway.     They  ran  from  the  lumber  district  to  the  south  ferry,  and 

were  well  patronized Mrs.  Margaret  McGourkey  died  at  New  York 

aged  99. 

June  23.  Joseph  L.  Harris  died  at  Luzerne,  N.  Y.,  aged  57. 
June  24.   Mary  Elizabeth  Lawyer  died,  aged  24. 

June  25.  Barbara,  wife  of  William  McGuire,  died Anna  K.,  widow 

of  Hiram  Bromley,  died  at  Eensselaerville,  aged  39 F.  S.  Hurd  died 

at  Port  Hudson  ;  son  of  the  late  J.  N.  M.  Hurd.     He  was  a  member  of 
Co.  A,  177th  regt. 

June  26.   Ellen   Bridgford,  wife  of  Daniel   G.   Staley,  died,  aged   28. 

Catharine  Herrle  died,  aged  23. 

June  27.  Cyrena,  wife  of  Hubbard  Russell,  died,  aged  55. 
June  28.  Wm.  Crounse,  orderly  Serjeant  Co.  B,  177th  regt.,  died  at 
Bonnet  Carre,  La.,  aged  33. 

June  29.   Mrs.  Maria  Harrison  died,  aged  87. 
June  30.   Patrick  Murtaugh  died,  aged  38. 

July  2.  Ann  C.   Mosher,  wife  of  P.  T.   Van   Cott,  died,  aged  43 

Patrick  Kearns  died,  aged  42 Mrs.  Elizabeth  Smith  died,  a<;ed   60. 


166  Notes  from  the  Neicspapers.  1863. 

Michael  Harrigan  did  at  Baton  Eouge,aged  18;  member  of  177th  regt. 

Robert  B.  Everett  of  Co.  E,  76th  regt.,  was  killed  at  Gettysburgh, 

aged  40 Wm.  H.Pohlman,  lieut.  and  acting  adjt.  59th  regt.  was  killed 

at  Gettysburgh,  aged  21 James  3IcGee  was  killed  at  Gettysburgh, 

aged  22. 

July  3.  Thiel  Bacheldor  died,  aged  78 Sylvester  F.  Shepherd  died, 

aged  58 Lyman  G.  Scriven  died  at  Gettysburgh. 

July  4.  Carles  G.  Latham  died  at  Camp  Curtain,  Pa.,  aged  27. 
July  5.  Wm.    H.    Barlow,    Co.    E,  10th   regiment,    died   at   Bonnet 
Carre,  La. 

July  7.  A  general  rejoicing  at  the  news  of  the  fall  of  Vicksburgh, 
which  took  place  on  the  4th.  The  ringing  of  bells,  bon  fires  and  firing 
of  cannon  were  kept  up  to  a  late  hour  ;  and  were  accompanied  by  speeches, 
and  fire  works. 

July  8.  Mary  Anna  Wood,  wife  of  George  W.  Hogeboom,  died,  aged 

24 Albert  Swan  died,  aged  27. 

July  11.    Alexander   Auty  died,  aged    63 Rebecca  Yates    died, 

aged  68. 

July  14.  Michael  Donohar  died,  aged  48 Mary  Jane  Hawley,  wife 

of  P]dward  Fisher,  died,  aged  33 Andrew  Lindsey  died,  aged  43 

Harmon  N.  Merriman,  captain  of  Company  H,  177th  regt.,  N.  Y.  S.  V., 
died  at  sea,  from  wounds  received  in  the  attack  upon  Port  Hudson, 
aged  43. 

July  15.  Phebe  Cooper  died,  aged  84 Catharine,  wife  of  Samuel 

Rork,   died,  aged  54 Arnold  Nelson,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at 

Brooklyn,  aged  74. 

July  16.  Susan  Enisly,  wife  of  Hon.  Arnold  B.  Watts,  died  at  Una- 
dilla,  daughter  of  the  late  Isaac  Hayes. 

July  17.   Good  Friday  for  wearing  winter  clothing Daniel  Wing 

died,  aged  86 Mrs.  Richard  Ross  died,  aged  22.  "    , 

July  18.  Peter  M.  Stalker  died  at  Bonnet  Carre.  He  was  orderly 
sero-eant   in    Company    D,    10th    regiment,    and    was    wounded    in    the 

shoulder    at    the  battle    of  Pontachoula,  which  led    to   his    death 

Nathaniel    McKensie    died,    aged    59 Benjamin    Stephens    died, 

aged  25. 

July  19.  Large  quantities  of  guns  in  cases  were  received  at  the  Arse- 
nal, and   great  activity  prevailed   in   hauling  them  from  the  river  and 

storing  them Susan  Bayard,  daughter  of  Wm.  P.  Van  Rensselaer, 

died  at  Rye,  aged  28. 

July  21.  A  severe  rain  storm  deluged  the  country,  and  did  great 
damage  to  the  crops. 

July  22.  John  N.  Mead,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Cohoes,  aged  66. 

Abram  S.   Billson,   of  Company  F,    177th  regiment,  died   at   Port 

Hudson  of  diphtheria,  aged  20. 

July  23.  Edward  Rork  died,  aged  50 Patrick  Murphy  died,  aged  35. 

July   24.    Daniel   Corbit    died    aged   35 Susan   C.  Babcock  died, 

aged  78. 

July  25.   Lizzie  Anderson,  wife  of  Charles  F.  Clapp,  died. 
July  27.  Orange  R.  Mosher  died,  aged  29. 

July  29.  Johanna,  wife  of  Patrick  Bercsford  died,  aged  26 Samuel 

.  Steele  died  at  Strykcrsvillc,  aged  79. 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  167 

July  31.  The  following  is  the  rain  record  since  July,  1859: 

Rain  in  July,  1859,  2-25  inches. 

18G0,  4-59       " 

"         1861,  G51       '' 

1862,  3-69       " 

1863,  7-47       " 

Robert  M.  Tayler  died,  aged  20 Jacob  Hardt  died,  aged  32 

Mrs.  Virginia  L.  Ring,  widow  of  Adam  Stewart,  died. 

Aug.  2.    The  first  of  a  series  of  warm   days Philip  Keeler  died, 

aged  28. 

Aug.  3.  Annie,  wife  of  Dr.  J.  M.  De  La  Mater,  died,  aged  30 

Catharine  Ryan  died,  aged  20 Judith  Chambers  died,  aged  75 

Jerusha,  wife  of  R.  J.  Harder,  died,  aged  60. 

Aug.  4.  Mary  Delavan,  wife  of  Albion  Ransom,  died John  Healy 

died,  aged  69. 

Aug.  5.  Sarah  Hun,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Oyster  Bay,  aged  76. 

Aug.  6.  John  Cahill  died,  aged  36 Charles  Southwick  died,  aged 

54 Catharine,  wife  of  Michael   Lynch,  died,  aged  54 Albert  C. 

Smith,  of  177th  regiment,  died  at  Mound  City, 

Aug.  7.  Mrs.  H.  H.  Crane  died,  aged  61 Walter  Buckley,  of  Co. 

H.,  177th  regiment,  died  at  Port  Hudson,  aged  25. 

Aug.  8.  The  first  passenger  train  on  the  Susquehanna  rail  road  ran 
out  to  Central  Bridge,  35  miles. 

Aug.  9.  William  H.  Fields,  of  Co.  A,  177th  regiment,  died  at  Port 
Hudson. 

Aug.  10.  James  MulhoUand  died,  aged  30. 

Aug.  11.  Temperature  at  96.  Great  thunder  storm  in  the  afternoon  ; 
Dr.  Sprague's  church  and  other  buildings  struck,  and  one  person  severely 
injured.     Portions  of  the  rail  road  were  inundated  and  the  track  washed 

away Dennis  Carey  died,  aged  38 Mary  I.,  wife   of  Benjamin 

Lanehart  died,  aged  26 Maurice  Haley  died,  aged  32. 

Aug.  12.  John  A.  Coburn,  master  of  a  canal  boat,  was  killed  by  Pat- 
rick Flynn  in  a  quarrel ..Margaret  McGovern  died,  aged  65. 

Aug.  13.  At  an  election  for  colonel  of  the  25th  regiment  to  fill  the 
vacancy  occasioned  by  the  death  of  Col.  James  Swift,  Walter  S.  Chui'ch 
was  elected  by  twenty  votes,  being  a  majority  of  one  over  David  Fried- 
lander Esther,  wife  of  Henry  Carey,  died,  aged  67 Samuel  Gr. 

Loomis  died  at  Port  Hudson,  aged  21. 

Aug.  14.  Mrs.  Hannah   Benton  died,  aged  78 Mary  A.  Wooley, 

aged  25,  drowned  at  Trenton,  N.  J. 

Aug.  16.  Alex.  F.  Wheeler  died  at  Poughkeepsie. 

Aug.  17.  John  M.  Manny,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Rockford,  Illi- 
nois  George  N.  Morris,  of  Co.  I,  177th  regiment,  died. 

Aug.  19.  E.  M.  Courtright  died,  aged  64 Mary,  wife  of  Michael 

McLaughlin,  died,  aged  28 Matthews  Brown  died,  aged  73. 

Aug.  20.  Mary  Brennan  died,  aged  22 Daniel  A.  Wells  died,  aged 

61 Mary  A.,  wife  of  J.  D.  Turnbull,  died,  aged  52. 

Aug.  22.  William  Sherwood  died,  aged  65 Ellen  Moakler  died, 

aged  24 John  Gillien  died,  aged  36....... Catharine,  wife  of  Edward 

Fox,  died,  aged  55, 


168  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1863. 

Aug.  23.  John  Gallien  died,  aged  36 Henry  D.  Wemple,  of  Co. 

A,  177th  regiment,  died  at  Memphis. 

Aug.  24.  Sarah,  wife  of  Patrick  O'Rourke,  died,  aged  45. 

Aug.  27.  Felix  Kernan  died,  aged  57 Eliza  Donahue  died,  aged  27. 

Aug.  28.  Mrs.  Julia  M.  Wallace  died,  aged   65 Patrick  Leahey 

died,  aged  32 Mrs.  George  Wright  died. 

Aug.  29.  Phoebe  Hoffman  died,  aged  50 Margaret  S.Graham,  wife 

of  James  Smith,  died. 

Aug.  31.  Ann  Lawler  died,  aged  85 Catharine  Moakler  died,  aged 

31 Daniel  Gallien  died  at  Witoka,  Minn.,  aged  26. 

Sept.  1.  The  10th  regiment,  Col.  Ainsworth.  returned  from  duty  on  the 
Mississippi,  and  was  received  with  much  ceremony.  Disease  and  battle 
had  made  sad  havoc  among  them,  and  the  small  number  that  returned 
looked  as  though  they  were  unfitted  for  business  during  the  remainder  of 
their  lives.  Full  two  hundred  of  the  brave  fellows  fill  southern  graves, 
fifteen  died  on  the  passage  home.  Quite  a  number  were  left  at  different 
places  along  the  route,  being  too  seriously  ill  to  be  carried  further.  Of 
this  nixmber  scarcely  any  will  recover.  This  morning  we  are  called  upon 
to  announce  the  death  of  four  of  the  poor  fellows  who  were  not  permitted 
to  accompany  the  regiment  to  this  city  —  two  in  Rochester  and  two  in 
Cleveland.  Several  members  of  the  regiment,  we  regret  to  learn,  were 
taken  down  with  the  fever  yesterday,  and  quite  a  number  are  now  suffer- 
ing very  much   from  its   debilitating  effects.  —  Express Edward   C. 

Platto,   of  Co.   D,  177th  regiment,  died  at  Cleveland Edward  W. 

Davis,  of  the   same  regiment,  died   on  his  return  home,  aged  18 

Elisa  Ross,  wife  of  Thomas  G.  Spencer,  died. 

Sept.  2.   Corporal  John  Brown,  of  Co.   8,  177th  regiment,  died,   aged 

20 Henry  Vanderbilt  died,  aged  39  (son  of  the  late  Cornelius  Van- 

derbilt),  member  of  Co.  E,  12th  regiment,  Conn.  Volunteers. 

Sept.  3.  Alexander  McKaig  died,  aged   72 Violett  H.,  wife  of 

William  Barrett,  died Greene  C  Bronson,  a  distinguished  lawyer  and 

politician,  died  at  Saratoga,  aged  74.  He  was  a  native  of  Oneida  county, 
and  practised  law  for  a  long  time  in  Utica.  In  1819  he  was  surrogate  of 
that  county ;  in  1822  was  member  of  assembly,  and  in  1829  was  elected 
attorney  general  of  the  state,  in  which  office  he  continued  till  1836,  when 
he  became  a  judge  of  the  supreme  court.  In  1845  he  was  appointed  chief 
justice  of  that  court,  and  two  years  later  one  of  the  judges  of  the  court  of 
appeals,  then  just  organized.  After  leaving  the  bench  he  removed  to 
New  York;  in  1853  was  appointed  collector  of  that  port;  and  from  1859 
to  1863  corporation  counsel.  He  resided  in  Albany  nearly  twenty  years; 
as  a  lawyer,  ranked  among  the  first  in  the  country;  in  politics  was  a 
democrat ;  became  a  leader  of  the  hard  shell  division  of  that  party ;  and 
was  their  candidate  for  governor  in  1855. 

Sept.  4.   Lieutenant  John  P.  Phillips,  of  Co.  F,  177th  regiment,  died. 

Gilbert  Wesley  Golden,  of  Co.  F,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  20 

Abraham  Vanderzce,  formerly  of  Albany,  was  accidentally  drowned  at 
the  Staten  Island  ferry. 

Sept.  5.   Sarah   Capron,  wife   of  Robert  Harper,  died,  aged  40 

Myron  L.  Ham,  of  Co.  G,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  20. 

Sept.  6.  John  H.  Younger,  member  of  177th  regiment,  died Catha- 
rine Moakler  died,  aged  67, 


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1863.  Notes  from  tlm  Newspapers.  169 

Sept.  7.  Mrs.  Hannah,  wife  of  James  Muir,  died,  aged  75. 

Sept.  8.  Laura  Collins  died Russell  W.  Coneys,  of  the  177th  regi- 
ment, died. Green  Hall  died,  aged  80 Charles  Hagen  died,  aged 

81 Mary  Ann  Berthol  died,  aged  36. 

Sept.  9.  Thomas  Wardrobe  died  at  Cleveland  on  his  return  from  Port 

Hudson.     He  was  a  member  of  Co.  F,  177th  regiment Samuel  Kelly, 

of  Co.  A,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  21 Jas.  Claffey  died,  aged  23. 

Chas.  C.  Baker,  of  Co.  E,  91st  regiment,  died  at  New  Orleans,  aged  35. 

Sept.  10.  George  Elder  Jr.,  of  Co.  F,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  18. 
John  Maher'died,  aged  22 Ellen  Daly,  wife  of  Michael  O.  Hol- 
land, died,  aged  23 John  Kearney  died,  aged  21. 

Sept.  12.  Robert  Strong  died,  aged  89.  Mr.  Strong  was  a  native  of 
Ireland,  came  to  Albany  in  the  early  part  of  this  century,  and  was  a  mem- 
ber of  the  First  Presbyterian  church.  He  was  respected  for  his  intelli- 
gence and  probity,  and  his  old  age  was  solaced  by  the  prosperity  of  his 
sons John  H.  Loucks  died,  aged  76. 

Sept.  13.  John  Taylor  died,  aged  73.  He  was  one  of  the  most  success- 
ful brewers  in  the  country;  was  mayor  of  the  city  in  1848,  and  was  an 
upright  and  benevolent  citizen.  Mr.  Taylor  was  born  in  the  county  of 
Durham,  England,  in  March,  1790,  In  1791  his  fiither  emigrated  to  this 
country,  residing  temporally  at  Brooklyn,  but  in  1793  fixed  his  residence 
permanently  in  this  city.  The  deceased,  therefore,  has  resided  for  seventy 
years  in  Albany.  Mr.  Taylor  embarked  in  business  as  a  tallow  chandler 
with  his  father  as  a  silent  partner,  when  he  was  but  seventeen  years  old. 
In  1808  his  factory  was  consumed  by  fire,  by  which  means  he  was  deprived 
of  all  his  earnings,  and  his  father  gave  him  credit  to  rebuild  his  factory, 
and  resumed  business  successfully,  but  at  the  end  of  two  years  the  same 
devouring  element  left  him  again  penniless.  Soon  after  the  last  fire  he 
hired  a  small  factory,  and  after  a  few  years  of  devoted  industry  paid  his 
debts  and  accumulated  a  small  capital.  But  the  destroyer  came  a  third 
time  !  Undismayed,  however,  with  the  assistance  of  his  father,  he  started 
again,  only  to  be  again  burnt  out!  And  now,  in  1813,  exempted 
from  accidents  by  fire,  Mr.  Taylor's  fortunes  changed.  About  this  time 
he  became  an  arnay  contractor,  from  which  he  made  money.  In  1822  he 
became  a  brewer,  a  business  which  he  has  prosecuted  with  indomitable 
energy  for  more  than  forty  years,  and  from  which  he  has  realized  an  ample 
fortune.  Two  of  his  sons  (one  in  New  York  and  the  other  in  Boston)  as 
partners,  conducted  the  business  in  those  cities.  They  have  maintained  a 
high  credit,  and  conducted  their  affairs  with  proverbial  integrity.  When 
Mr,  Taylor  was  mayor  of  our  city  he  owed  his  election  more  to  his 
personal  popularity  than  to  the  strength  of  his  party.  In  speaking  of  Mr. 
Taylor  as  public-spirited,  we  mean  to  say  that  he  cooperated  actively  and 
gave  freely  to  all  objects  promotive  of  the  city's  welfare,  the  improvement 
of  society,  and  the  amelioration  of  the  poor.  His  intervals  from  labor  Mr. 
Taylor  gave  to  reading,  having  accumulated  a  library  larger  and  more 
valuable  than  any  other  in  the  city.  Mr.  Taylor's  eldest  son  died  a  few 
months  since  at  Boston.  His  widow,  two  sons  and  a  daughter  survive 
him.  In  his  industry,  enterprise,  integrity,  philanthropy  and  virtues, 
crowned  as  the}^  were  with  honor  and  fortune,  John  Taylor  leaves  examples 
which  will  stimulate  young  men  to  follow  in  his  footsteps  that  they  may 
enjoy  his  rewards.  —  Joia-nal Joel  Rathbone  died  in  Paris,  aged  57. 

UlsL  Coll.  a.  22 


170  Notes  from  the  Newsjpapers.  1863. 

The  news  of  the  death  of  Mr.  Rathbone  following  so  closely  upon  the 
decease  of  John  Taylor  is  doubly  impressive.  They  were  each  represen- 
tative men,  and  in  their  spheres  have  each  left  their  impress,  before 
almost  any  of  their  contemporaries,  upon  the  business  prosperity  of  the 
city.  They  were  alike  in  their  enterprise,  energy  and  integrity,  and  in 
the  high  regard  entertained  for  them  by  their  fellow  citizens.  Both  leave 
behind  them  the  "  odor  of  a  good  name,"  and  the  memories  of  both  will 
be  gratefully  cherished  by  all  who  knew  them  in  the  social  and  business 
walks  of  life.  Joel  Rathbone  was  born  in  Suleni,  Conn.,  August  3d,  1806. 
He  came  to  Albany  to  reside  in  the  fall  of  1822,  as  a  clerk  to  his  brother, 
V.  W.  Rathbone,  with  whom,  two  years  afterwards,  he  became  associated 
in  business.  In  1827,  as  one  of  the  firm  of  Heermans,  Rathbone  &  Co., 
he  commenced  the  wholesale  stove  business  ;  and  in  1829,  by  the  death  of 
Mr.  Heermans,  succeeded  to  the  business  which  he  continued  in  his  own 
name  until  1841,  when  at  the  early  age  of  o5,  with  a  well  earned  fortune, 
he  retired  from  active  mercantile  pursuits  to  the  enjoyment  of  country 
life.  Kenwood,  which  he  laid  out  and  beautified,  and  where  for  many 
years  he  resided,  furnishes  ample  evidence  of  his  cultivated  and  exquisite 
taste.  Although  he  so  early  retired  from  the  formal  pursuits  of  business, 
Mr.  Rathbone  has  been  actively  connected  with  many  of  the  public  enterprises 
and  institutions  of  the  city.  He  was  vice  president  of  the  State  Bank,  presi- 
dent of  the  Exchange  Company,  and  an  active  cobperator  in,  and  generous 
contributor  to  most  of  the  benevolent  enterprises  of  the  day.  He  was  a  con- 
scientious and  consistent  Christian,  and  a  devoted  and  affectionate  husband, 
father  and  friend.  He  will  be  missed  most  by  those  who  were  brought  most 
intimately  in  contact  with  him,  while  his  business  associates  and  fellow  citi- 
zens will  mourn  his  departure  as  that  of  a  man  of  the  noblest  virtues,  of  the 
highest  integrity,  and  of  the  purest  patriotism.  Although  he  died  in  a  foreign 
land,  he  was  surrounded  by  most  of  his  family,  was  cheered  by  their  pres- 
ence and  comforted  by  the  assurance  of  an  enduring  rest  in  that  other  land, 

which  had  become  to  him  a  divine  reality.  —  Journal Michael  Gore 

died,  agei  49 Anna  Josephine  Thayer,  wife  of  James  Redfern,  died. 

Sept.  14.  Richard   Roessle   died,  aged  21 Susan   Ross  died,  aged 

21 Ellen,  wife  of  Thomas  Brady,  died  in  New  York. 

Sept.  15.  The  directors  of  the  Susquehanna  rail  road  gave  an  excursion 

to  Schoharie,  as  a  formal  opening  of  the  road Bridget,  wife  of  Richard 

O'Connell,   died,  aged    45 Laura    S.   Townsend,   widow  of  John    S. 

Walsh,   died Nancy  McCarty   died,    aged    48 Mary  A.    G-aniion 

died,  aged  35. 

Sept.  16.  Betsey,  wife  of  Harry  Tibbets,  died,  aged  60. 

Sept.  17.  Catharine  J.  Green,  wife  of  Lawson  A.  Scott,  died,  aged  24. 

Sept.  18.  The  common  council  appropriated  $200,000  to  pay  commu- 
tation of  such  persons  as  should  be  drafted Albert  Wing  died,  aged 

22 Elizabeth  Tracy,  widow  of  Lemuel  Jenkins,  died James  Quigly 

was  drowned;  his  body  being  found  on  the  24th  at  the  foot  of  Lawrence 

street Capt.  Augustus  Barker,  of  the  5th  New  York  cavalry,   died 

near  Kelly's  Ford,  Va.,  aged  22.  On  the  16th  his  regiment  had  moved 
from  Hartwood  Church  and  crossed  to  the  southern  side  of  the  Rappa- 
hannock. Capt.  Barker  was  left  behind  in  charge  of  the  troops  picketing 
the  river :  and  on  the  17th,  while  on  the  march  to  rejoin  his  regiment,  as 
he  was  riding  with  a  single  man  some  distance  in  front  of  the  column,  he 


1863.  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  171 

was  fired  upon  by  guerrillas,  concealed  in  the  adjoining  wood.  Two  balls 
took  effect,  one  in  the  right  side  and  the  other  in  the  left  breast,  each 
inflicting  a  mortal  wound.  He  was  immediately  carried  to  the  house  of 
Mr.  Harris  Freeman,  near  Mount  H0II3'  Church,  about  one  mile  from  the 
ford.  From  this  gentleman  and  liis  family  the  dying  soldier  received  the 
most  tender  attentions.  Everything  in  their  power  was  done  to  alleviate 
his  sufferings,  but  he  survived  his  wounds  only  twelve  hours.  Capt. 
Barker  was  the  youngest  son  of  William  H.  Barker,  Esq.,  and  a  grandson 
of  the  late  William  James,  of  this  city.  He  was  beloved  by  his  comrades, 
as  by  all  who  knew  him,  for  the  manliness  of  his  character  and  the 
generosity  of  his  disposition.  His  promotion  was  the  just  reward  of  his 
good  conduct  and  honorable  service.  His  valor  and  patriotism  had  been 
tried  in  many  battles,  and  by  the  more  dreadful  horrors  of  Richmond 
prisons.  He  survived  all  these  to  perish,  in  the  flower  of  his  youth,  by 
the  hands  of  rebel  assassins.  Capt.  Barker's  funeral  will  take  place  this 
afternoon,  at  3  o'clock,  from  St.  Peter's  Church. —  Times. 

Sept.  19.  Edwin  C.  Hubbard,  youngest  son  of  Edwin  Hubbard,  for- 
merly of  Albany,  died  at  Glen's  Falls,  aged  17. 

Sept.  20.  Van  Rensselaer  Jacobs  died,  aged  21 John  Hoy  died, 

aged  48. 

Sept.  21.  Catharine   McGovern  died,  aged  44 Catharine,  wife  of 

Stephen  V.  Thornton,  died,  aged  39. 

Sept.  22.  The  remains  of  Col.  M.  K.  Bryan  arrived  in  town. 

Sept.  23.  The  most  sacred  festival  of  the  year  was  observed  by  the 
Jews  —  the  Day  of  Atonement' — and  was  celebrated  by  appropriate  and 
solemn  religious  ceremonies  in  tlieir  synagogues.  Their  places  of  busi- 
ness were  closed  at  six  o'clock  Tuesday  evening,  and  remained  so  until 
six   o'clock  this   evening.     Among  the  strict  adherents  of  the   ancient 

faith,  no  food  or  drink  was  used  between  the  hours  above  specified 

At  the  annual  election  for  ofiicers  of  the  Albany  Bridge  Company,  the 
following  persons  were  chosen:  Erastus  Corning,  Albany;  Dean  Rich- 
mond, Buffalo;  Samuel  Sloan,  New  York;  Chester  W.  Chapin,  Spring- 
field; William  H.  Swift,  Boston  ;  Sidney  T.  Fairchild,  Cazenovia  ;  Henry 
H.   Martin,  Albany;  John  V.  L.  Pruyn,  Albany;  Leonard  W.  Jerome, 

New  York The  funeral  of  Col.  M.  K.  Bryan  took  place,  attended  by 

the  military  and  firemen.  The  funeral  escort,  consisting  of  the  5th 
Wisconsin  volunteers,  Col.  Allen,  and  the  25th  regiment,  N.  G.,  moved 
at  2^  o'clock,  and  passed  down  State  street  through  a  crowded  thorough- 
fare. The  hearse  was  flanked  by  the  Worth  Guards  as  a  guard  of 
honor,  and  followed  by  the  relatives  of  the  deceased,  the  ofiicers  of  the 
177th  regiment  N.  Y.  Volunteers,  the  mayor  and  common  council  in 
carriages.  The  fire  department,  under  Chief  Engineer  McQuade,  turned 
out  in  goodly  numbers,  and  followed  in  order,  together  with  other  civic 

associations Thomas  W.  Van  Alstyne,  late  sheriff  of  Albany  county, 

died George  Nash  died,  aged  58 Timothy  Mahony  died,  aged  65. 

Charles  ]3rown  died,  aged  37 Ann  Johnson  died,  aged  35 

Dr.  James  Cox  died,  aged  54 Thomas  Slatterly  died,  aged  GO. 

Sept.  24.  The  new  street  railway  company  of  this  city  was  organ- 
ized by  the  appointment  of  James  Kidd,  president;  George  Dawson, 
vice  president;  L.  D.  Holstein,  secretary;  and  C  W.  Armstrong,  trea- 
surer;   the  president,  vice  president  ex-officio,  C.  Comstock,  H.  J.  Hast- 


172  Notes  from  the  Newspa-pers.  1863. 

ings  and  Gr.  C.   Davidson,  executive  committee.     Measures  to  be   taken 

for  the  immediate  construction  of  the  road Stephen  Paddock  died, 

aged  6t Mary  Lamb  died,  aged  65 Phebe,  wife  of  Wm.  Pearcey, 

died,  aged  75 Matilda  Ann  Williams,  wife  of  Joseph  Stanton,  died, 

aged  33. 

Sept.  26.  Catharine  Dugan  died,  aged  77. 

Sept.  27.  Edward  Burns  died  at  Chattanooga,  Tenn.,  of  wounds  re- 
ceived in  battle. 

Sept.  28.  The  draft  took  place Elizabeth  Flynn  died,  aged  17 

Caroline  S.  Fuller,  wife  of  Wm.  Eggleston,  died  at  Rock  City,  111., 
formerly  of  Albany. 

Sept.  29.    Second  day  of   the  draft The  remains  of  Richard  M. 

Strong  were  interred  in  the  cemetery The  Rev.  William  Bailey  was 

installed  pastor  of  the  Third  Reformed  Protestant  Dutch  Church  in  the 
evening The  doings  of  the  police  for  the  quarter  ending  Septem- 
ber 3d,  1863,  show  that  the  number  of  arrests  made  greatly  exceed 
those  made  in  any  other  quarter  since  the  organization  of  the  depart- 
ment. This  may  be  attributable  in  some  degree  to  the  fact  that  during 
a  part  of  this  period  a  special  force  of  policemen  was  on  duty.  But  it  is 
traceable,  to  a  still  greater  extent,  to  the  steady  growth  of  the  city  and  a 
corresponding  increase  of  crime.  The  force  was  inadequate  in  numbers 
to  the  proper  performance  of  the  many  duties  expected  of  it.  The 
patrol  beats  were  too  extensive;  and  past  circumstances  clearly  proved 
that,  were  the  number  of  men  assigned  to  each  of  them  doubled,  the 
advantages  resulting  therefrom  to  tax  payers,  in  the  greater  security 
that  would  be  afforded  their  persons  and  property,  would  greatly  out- 
weigh the  additional  expenses  incurred. 

Assault  with  intent  to  kill,    7     Petit  lai-ceny 114 

Assault  and  battery,  364     Receiving  stolen  goods, 3 

Assault  and  battery  on  officer,  9     Rescuing  prisoners 3 

Aiding  escape  of  prisoner, 3     Robbery,    1 

Affray,    27     Violating  city  ordinance, 25 

Assault,   1     Vagrancy,    40 

Attempt  to  commit  larceny,  2     Embezzlement,  1 

Attempt  to  bribe, 1     Forgery, 10 

Attempt  to  produce  abortion, 1     False  pretences, 12 

Burglary 14     Murder, 1 

Breach  of  the  peace,  183     Pickpockets,  1 

Bastardy,  2     Search  warrants, 15 

Constructive  larceny, 9     Contempt  of  court, 4 

Passing  counterfeit  money, 8  Indecent  exposure  of  person,  ...       1 

Deserters, 101  Indecent  language  in  the  street,       4 

Disorderly  persons,  neglect  to  sup-  Selling  liquor  without  license, ...       2 

port  families,   20     Selling  liquor  on  Sunday, 1 

Disorderly  persons,  common  prosti-  Fugitive  from  justice, 1 

tutes 31     Petit  larceny,  second  offence, 2 

Disorderly  house,  11     Seduction, 2 

Defrauding  the  government, 1     Wilful  trespass, 2 

Grand  larceny,  32  

Homicide, 2  Total, 1,427 

Insanity,    16  

Intoxication,  265     Coroner's  inquest, 21 

Misdemeanors,  46     Lost  children,    60 

Malicious  mischief,  26     Lodgers,  458 

Money  taken  from  prisoners  and  returned $9,071  35 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  173 

Ann  Ward,  wife    of  Patrick   English,    died,    aged    26 Henry 

Shilde,  aged  33 John  Gates  died,  aged  71 John  Murphy  died, 

aged  60 Thomas  Jones  died,  aged  58. 

Oct.  1.  Dr.  Ebenezer  Emmons  died  at  Brunswick,  N.  C,  aged  65. 
He  was  formerly  a  resident  of  Albany,  and  a  professor  in  the  Medical 
College.  His  name  stands  high  among  the  men  of  science  whom  this 
country  has  produced,  particularly  in  the  science  of  geology,  and  is 
identified  with  the  geological  survey  of  the  state.  At  the  time  of  his 
death,  which  will  be  widely  regretted,  he  was  engaged  upon  a  geological 

survey  of  North  Carolina James  Hamilton  died,  aged  71 Mary 

Ann,  wife  of  Owen  O'Neil,  died,  aged  45 John  P.  De  Forest  died, 

aged   52 Thomas  Pagan  died Richard  Purcell  died   at  Mobile, 

aged  45. 

Oct.  3.  A  fire  destroyed  the  foundry  of  P.  W.  Lamb,  in  Tivoli  Hollow, 

and    two    adjoining   frame    buildings   lost Gilbert  Marselus   died   at 

Poughkeepsie. 

Oct.  4.  The  dwelling  house  of  Eev.  Wm.  James  was  entered  by  bur- 
glars while  the  family  was  at  church,  and  robbed   of  valuables  to   the 

amount  of  8500.     The  front  basement    door   was    forced Frederick 

Pforth  died,  aged  50.     He  had  been  supervisor  of  the  9th  ward. 

Oct.  5.  William  H.  Frame  died,  aged  34 Patrick   Murphy  died, 

aged  35 James  Devereaux  died,  aged   64 Louis   Reehl,  orderly 

sergeant  of  Co.  K,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  25.  He  was  formerly  a 
member  of  the  25th  regiment  (late  Col.  Bryan),  and  was  one  of  the  first 
to  respond  to  the  call  of  the  country  of  his  adoption  for  the  defence  of  its 
capital.  The  privations  he  suffered  and  hardships  he  endured  only  nerved 
him  for  still  greater  and  more  active  duties.  He  became  orderly  sergeant 
of  Co.  G,  10th  regt.,  N.  G.,  and  discharged  his  duties  faithfully  till  worn 
out  by  sickness  and  disease.     He  came  home  only   to  linger  for  a  few 

short  days  and  receive  his   final   discharge George  W.  Halliday,  of - 

Co.  H,  177th  regiment,  died,  aged  24 Hon.  Erastus  Corning  resigned 

his  seat  in  congress. 

Oct.  6.  Pilgrina  Staalsmith  died,  aged  64 Matilda  Cross  died,  aged 

35 Kyran  Hyland  died,  aged  60. 

Oct.  7.  Daniel  Behan  died Mrs.  Maria  D.  Nash  died. 

Oct.  8.  John  Monhan  died,  aged  49 Richard  Daniels  died,  aged  36. 

Oct.  9.  Zelis  Tavern.  —  This  noted  wooden  structure  on  Hawk  street, 
between  State  and  Washington  avenue,  which  for  more  than  half  a  cen- 
tury has  been  a  rendezvous  for  farmers,  where  they  could  put  up  their 
teams  and  get  a  good  dinner,  has  at  last  yielded  to  the  march  of  improve- 
ment, and  is  being  torn  down.  In  the  good  old  days  of  stage  coaches  to 
Utica  over  the  turnpike,  it  was  known  throughout  the  west  as  a  quiet  and 
well  kept  stopping  place  for  travelers,  and  was  a  favorite  resort  for  dealers 
in  cattle.  In  a  few  days  the  old  swing  sign  and  the  old  yellow  front  will 
have  disappeared  to  give  place  to  another  structure  for  state  purposes.  — 

Express Richard  James  died,  aged  36 Jacob  Gunther  died,  aged 

59 Charlotte,  wife  of  David  H.  Woodruff,  died,  aged  53 John 

Murphy  died,  aged  50. 

Oct.  11.  Dr.  Frank  J.  Mattimore  died,  aged  29. 

Oct.  13.  Mary  Maher  died,  aged  94 Thomas  Gallagher  died,  aged 

38 Lillj)  wife  of  John  Laughlin,  died,  aged  78. 


174  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  1863. 

Oct.  14.  Andrew  McClyment  died,  aged  61. 

Oct.  15.  Catharine  A.  Quackenbush  died,  aged  IS. 

Oct.  16.  John  Burns  died,  aged  23 James  Millington  died,  aged 

44 Mrs.  Eliza  Kingsbury  died,  aged  75. 

Oct.  17.  Mrs.  Margaret  Thompson,  widow  of  Robert  Orr,  died,  aged 
83 Edward  Fox  died,  aged  52. 

Oct.  18.  James  McBride  died,  aged  56. 

Oct.  19.  The  construction  of  the  bridge  over  the  Hudson  river  at  Albany 

was  begun The  old  North  river  steam  boat  North  America,  formerly  a 

favorite  on  the  People's  line  of  Albany  boats,  sunk  yesterday  at  Algiers, 
opposite  this  city.  She  recently  came  down  the  river,  and  was  lying  off 
Canal  street,  when,  from  some  inexplicable  cause,  she  commenced  rapidly 
sinking.  She  was  immediately  started  across  the  river  for  Algiers,  and 
run  up  on  land  and  placed  in  a  safe  position.     No  cargo  on  board  and  no 

one  hurt Abram  H.  Weaver,  member  of  Co.  F,  177th  regiment,  died, 

aged  22 Nathaniel  Davis,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Elizabeth,  N. 

J.,  aged  45. 

Oct.  20.  Annette  E.  Todd  died,  aged  26 Mrs.  Elizabeth  Oothout 

died,  aged  77. 

Oct.  24.  John  McGraw  drowned  himself  in  the  basin  at  the  foot  of 

Division  street Captain  Daniel  S.  Wasserbach  died,  aged  24,  at  Folly 

island,  S.  C,  of  typhoid  fever.  He  enlisted  as  a  private  in  the  3d  regi- 
ment, and  rose  to  the  captaincy  of  a  company Charles  K.  Pohlman 

died  at  Utica. 

Oct.  25.  Dr.  S.  Saunders  died  suddenly,  "  from  neglect  and  exposure." 

Oct.  26.   Charles  I.  Shaver  died,  aged  65. 

Oct.  27.  John  Stackpole  died,  aged  57.  He  was  in  his  usual  excellent 
and  exuberant  health  the  day  before,  and  arose  as  usual  yesterday  morning. 
About  6  o'clock  he  went  into  the  yard  attached  to  his  house,  and  while 
there  he  was  found  prostrated  by  a  fit.  He  was  brought  into  the  house 
and  died  shortly  after.  The  deceased  was  the  head  of  a  large  ftimily,  and 
by  his  industry,  integrity  and  intelligence  had  acquired  a  competency. 
He  was  an  influential  and  respectable  member  of  the  present  board  of 
aldermen.      In  all  the  relations  of  life  he  bore  an  unblemished  character, 

and  his  death  will  be  widely  regretted Catharine,  wife   of  Richard 

Lawless,  died,  aged  44 Ellen  Sullivan,  wife  of  Luke  Burns,  died, aged 

32 Ellen,  wife  of  James  Chester,  died  in  New  York. 

Oct.  28.  Patrick  Costigan  died,  aged  50 Francis  Berney  died,  aged 

23 Harvey  Hermsdorf  died,  aged  31 Ann,  wife  of  John  Laugh- 

lin,  died,  aged  32. 

Oct.  29.  Catharine  Ford,  widow  of  Darby  Felly,  died,  aged  62 

Edward  Reynolds  died,  aged  26. 

Oct.  30.  Rev.  James  Rooney  died,  aged  70,  chancellor  of  the  Catholic 
diocese  of  Albany.  This  venerable  clergyman  was  born  in  Leixlip.  county 
of  Kildare,  Ireland,  in  January,  1794,  and  came  to  this  country  in  October, 
1817.  He  soon  after  entered  on  his  studies  for  the  ministry,  and  was 
ordained  a  priest  at  Boston  by  the  late  Bishop  Fenwick,  about  the  year  1827. 
He  went,  in  the  course  of  the  summer  following,  to  Paris,  where  he  officiated 
for  eleven  years  —  having  been  attached,  the  most  of  that  time,  to  the  church 
of  St.  Roch,  in  that  city,  enjoying  the  respect  and  regard  of  his  superiors 
and  his  flock.     Father  Rooney  returned  to  the  United  States  in  October, 


1863.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  175 

1839,  and  was  immediately  sent,  by  Bishop  Hughes,  to  Plattsburgh,  Clinton 
county,  where  he  labored  in  the  Lord's  vineyard  for  fifteen  years  and  six 
months.  He  was  greatly  beloved  by  his  congregation,  and  highly  esteemed 
and  respected  by  all  classes  of  citizens,  who  saw,  with  sincere  regret,  his 
departure  from  among  them  in  the  spring  of  1855,  when  he  was  called  to 
this  city  by  Bishop  McCloskey,  by  whom  he  had  been  appointed  chancel- 
lor of  the  diocese  of  Albany,  Father  Rooney  has  resided  here  since  that 
time  ;  and,  though  advanced  in  life,  performed  the  active  duties  of  his 
profession  with  unabated  zeal  —  so  that  it  may  be  truly  said  that  he  died 
in  the  harness.  He  was  particularly  venerated  by  the  young  children  of 
his  neighborhood,  who  used  to  crowd  around  him  on  the  summer  even- 
ings to  listen  to  his  words  of  kindness  and  love.  Of  ihe  cause  of  tempe- 
rance he  was  a  strong  advocate,  both  by  precept  and  example  ;  for,  during 
the  last  thirty  years  of  his  life  he  never  drank  anything  stronger  than  tea 
or  cott'ee.  Simple  in  his  habits  —  mild  and  unassuming  in  his  demeanor 
—  profoundly  imbued  with  a  sense  of  his  holy  calling — he  lived  a  life 
of  great  usefulness  ;  and,  in  his  death,  has  richly  earned  the  promised 
welcome  :  "  Well  done,  thou  good  and  faithful  servant;  enter  into  the  joy 

of  thy  Lord. — Journal Elizabeth  Brennan,  widow  of  Patrick  Kelly, 

died,  aged  55 Bridget,  wife   of  Patrick    Lynch,  died,  aged  35 

Timothy  Keough  died,  aged  40. 

Oct.  31.  Patrick  Borden  died,  aged  45 Philip  Condon  died,  aged  57. 

Nov.  2.   Ground  was  broken  for  the  horse  rail  road  in  State  street,  from 

Broadway  to  the  Capitol William  Annesley   died,  aged  71 Mrs. 

Elizabeth  x\rnold,  wife  of  Col.  E.  Jewett,  died  at  Utica,  aged  61 

Michael  Carroll  died,  aged  30. 

Nov.  3.  Mary  Sewell  died,  aged  36 Eliza  Isdall  died,  aged  35.  _ 

Nov.  4.  James  Gr.  Young,  formerly  of  Albany  but  late  of  Troy,  died 
in  this  city,  aged  68  — falling  suddenly  from  his  chair  while  conversing. 
Nov.  5.  Rev.  Wm.  A.  Miller  died,  aged  40.  The  deceased  was  the 
second  son  of  Mr.  William  C  Miller.  He  was  the  grandson  of  those 
sainted  men  whose  memory  the  Dutch  Church  will  never  cease  to  revere, 
viz:  Christian  Miller,  of  Albany,  and  Isaac  L.  Kip,  of  New  York.  He 
graduated  with  the  honors  of  the  institution  at  Union  College  in  1842. 
He  entered  the  Theological  Seminary  at  New  Brunswick  in  the  fall  of 
that  same  year,  and  was  licensed  to  preach  in  1845.  His  first  settlement 
was  over  the  Reformed  Dutch  Church  at  Glenham,  in  Dutchess  county. 
With  heart-earnestness  and  an  entire  consecration  to  his  work,  he  gave 
himself  up  to  the  duties  of  his  ministry.  In  consequence  of  his  unwearied 
assiduity  his  health  became  impaired,  and  he  was  compelled  to  resign  his 
call  and  seek  rest.  When  in  the  kind  providence  of  God  his  health  was 
so  far  restored  as  to  admit  of  a  resumption  of  active  labor,  he  accepted 
the  professorship  of  languages  in  the  Albany  Academy,  which  position  he 
filled  with  great  acceptance.  The  presidency  of  the  institution  becoming 
vacant.  Dr.  Miller  was  unanimosly  chosen  to  fill  the  post.  In  this  choice, 
the  board  of  trustees  gave  expression  of  their  confidence  in  his  fitness,  and 
of  their  high  sense  of  his  Christian  worth.  He  continued  in  this  position, 
discharging  the  duties  with  marked  ability,  until,  from  a  conscientious 
sense  of  his  ministerial  responsibility,  he  felt  that  it  was  his  duty  to  assume 
again  the  sacred  work  of  the  pastorate.  His  desire  was  granted.  ^  A  call 
from   the  Reform   Dutch  Church   at  Rhinebeck   was  placed   in  his  hand, 


176  Notes  from  tlie  Newspa^pers.  18G3. 

which  he  accepted.  His  ministry  in  this  church,  though  short,  and  dis- 
charged under  great  physical  disability,  was  a  blessed  one,  and  his  name 
is  to-day  cherished  in  that  church  with  sacred  and  heart-felt  love.  All 
hope  of  being  restored  to  health  being  abandoned,  to  the  great  regret  of 
the  church,  he  was  compelled  to  resign.  For  several  years  he  had  resided 
in  Albany,  gradually  declining,  until  at  last  the  Master  whom  he  loved 
and  served  has  called  him  home.  In  every  position  which  he  has  occupied, 
he  discharged  the  duties  with  fidelity,  energy,  and  success.  Gifted  with 
a  mind  weft  balanced  and  thoroughly  cultivated,  he  was  qualified  for  wide 
spread  usefulness.  As  a  scholar  he  was  accurate,  well  read,  and  fully 
equal  to  the  standard  of  modern  criticism.  As  a  teacher  he  was  thorough, 
analytical  and  instructive.  As  a  preacher  he  was  sound  in  the  faith,  clear 
in  his  presentation  of  truth,  logical  in  his  reasoning,  practical  in  his  ex- 
position, and  forcible  in  his  appeals.  As  a  Christian  he  was  meek  in 
spirit,  ardent  in  piety,  and  earnest  in  his  endeavors  to  secure  the  salvation 
of  souls.  In  the  varied  and  tender  relations  of  the  home,  he  was  all  that 
the  loving  heart  could  desire,  or  duty  might  require.  Hence  his  name 
and  memory  will  ever  be  as  ointment  poured  fourth  to  the  wide  circle  of 

friends  and  weeping  loved  ones  who  now  mourn  his  departure Lavina 

Van  Evera  Hofi"  died,  aged  85. 

Nov.  6.  Anna,  widow  of  Jeremiah  Lawlor,  died,  aged  64. 
Nov.  7.  Elisha  W.  Skinner  died,  aged  86.  This  well  known,  venerable 
and  estimable  citizen  died  in  this  city,  where  he  has  resided  for  nearly 
seventy  years.  He  came  from  Hartford,  Conn.,  when  a  boy,  and  served 
an  apprenticeship  to  the  printing  business  with  C  R.  &  Gr.  Webster,  in 
the  old  Albany  Gazette  ofiice.  Soon  after  his  time  was  out  he  became  a 
partner  with  the  Messrs.  Webster,  and,  with  a  brief  interval,  continued 
thus  associated  until  his  partners  died,  when  he  continued  the  book  busi- 
ness until  1845.  Since  that  time,  he  has  served  as  assistant  in  the  State 
Library.  He  was  a  gentleman  of  the  old  school,  and  leaves  a  wife, 
daughter  and  two  sons  —  the  inheritors  of  his  good  name  and  unostenta- 
tious virtues Susan  Cassaday,  wife  of  the  Rev.  Henry  N.  Pohlman,  died. 

Samuel  Barriskill  of  Co.  C,  7th  regt.,  N.  Y.  S.  V.,  died,  aged  21 

Augusta  31.,  wife  of  P.  Irwin,  died,  aged  29 John  A.  Christo- 
pher, aged  18,  was  killed  in  an  engagement  near  Rappahannock  station, 
Virginia. 

Nov.  8.  Mary  Duff"  died,  aged  45 Jacob  Sandleitner  died,  aged  59. 

Margaret,  widow  of  Jacob  Stack  died,  aged  45. 

Nov.   9.  Dennis  Brink  died,  aged  70. 
Nov.  10.  Abraham  F.  Lansing  died,  aged_17. 

Nov.  11.  Dev.  Dr.  William  Rudder,  rector  of  St.  Paul's  Church,  ten- 
,    dered  his  resignation,  having  accepted  a  call  from  St.  Stephen's  Church, 

Philadelphia Michael  liiggins  died,  aged  48 Michael  Gallagher 

died,  aged  23 Royal  Coweft  died,  aged  61. 

Nov.  12.  At  a  meeting  of  the  St.  Andrew's  Society,  held  November 
12th  the  following  gentlemen  were  elected  officers  for  the  ensuing  year  : 
James  Ray,  president;  Thomas  McCredic,  1st  vice  president;  Donald  Mc 
Donald,  2d  vice  president;  Rev.  E.  Halley,  chaplain;  Dr.  L.  G.  Warren, 
physician  ;  James  Wilson,  treasurer  ;  John  McHaffie,  secretary  ;  John  F. 
Smyth,  assistant  secretary  ;  James  Dickson,  Hugh  Dickson,  Daniel  Came- 
ron, William  Mauson,  Robert  McHaffie,  managers The  store  of  C. 


18G3.  Notes  frcmi  the  Newsprqjers.  177 

Treadwell  &  Sou  robbed  of  .S4,000  worth  of  furs Cornelius  Kerasy 

died,  aged  62' Wm.  Martin  died,  aged  74. 

Nov.  14.  Michael  Lyons  died,  aged  46 Mary,  wife  of  Daniel  Cun- 
ningham died Joseph  Stringer  died,  aged  65. 

Nov.  15.  John  Callahan  died,  aged  45 Agnes,  wife   of  Matthew 

Hamilton,  died,  aged  43 A.nn  Seagrave  died,  aged  80. 

Nov.  16.  John  New  died,  aged  42 Charlotte  T.  Moore  died,  aged 

21 Benjamin  Ward  died,  aged  71 Daniel  Leonard  died,  aged  92 

Mellen  Battell  died,  aged  76.     He  was  an   Albany  mechanic,  who 

gave  much  attention  to  subjects  of  engineering  and  mechanics,  and  had 
ofiginaJ  notions  upon  almost  all  the  attempts  made  in  his  day  for  the  im- 
provement of  navigation  and  the  construction  of  machinery  to  be  moved 
by  steam.  The  newspapers  occasionally  contained  his  speculations  on 
these  subjects.  At  his  shop  in  Water  street  he  manufactured  steam  en- 
gines of  a  construction  peculiar  to  himself,  and  was  the  inventor  of 
various  labor  saving  machines,  which  did  not  attract  atttention  and  were 
not  successful.  There  was  a  lack  of  good  and  accurate  workmanship 
about  his  productions.  In  1822,  before  the  Erie  canal  was  completed, 
he  appJied  both  the  steam  wheel  and  screw  with  a  view  to  their  use  in- 
transportation,  and  at  the  time  of  the  enlargement  of  the  canal,  nearly 
forty  years  afterwards,  when  experiments  were  again  made  for  that  pur- 
pose, he  claimed  that  his  success  had  been  as  good.  He  succeeded  in 
making  eight  miles  an  hour  in  still  water;  but  it  was  low  water  then  and 
low  bridges,  he  had  to  encounter  the  opposition  of  the  combined  packet 
interest,  he  says,  without  encouragement  from  the  public.  He  published 
a  couimuuicatiou  on  the  subject  in  the  Evening  Journal,  Oct.  21,   1858. 

Nov.  17.  William  Cleary  died,  aged  66. 

Nov.  18-.  Gate  J.,  wife  of  George  R.  McClelland,  died,  aged  28 

Miss  Susannah  Newton  died John  H.  Connelly  died,  aged  33,  mem- 
ber of  63d  regiment. 

Nov.  19.  Lavisa  Reed,  wife  of  R.  L.  Spelman,  died Thomas  Mc 

Govern  died,  aged  46 Margaret  Elizabeth  McNeely,  wife  of  William 

Hunter,  died,  aged  88 Esther,  wife  of  Capt.  Stephen  A.  Sherwood, 

died  at  Glen's  Falls;  formerly  of  Albany James  McQuade  died  at 

Victoria,  Van  Couver's  Island,  of  congestion  of  the  brain. 

Nov.  20.  Jackson  Bigelow  died,  aged  64 Hernianus  Elias  Claassen 

died,  aged  69 Bernard  Cain  died,  aged  19,  of  Co.  E, 177th  regiment. 

Catharine  Pennyfeather  died,  aged  40 Mrs.  Helen  L.  Parmelee, 

daughter  of  Dr.  T.  R.  Beck,  died  at  Croton. 

Nov.  21.  Angeliue  Thurman,  wife  of  Lucas  H.  McChesuey,  died,  aged 

50 Julia,  wife  of  Patrick  O'Leary,  died,  aged  80 Marshall  Scott 

died,  aged  65. 

Nov.  22.  Elizabeth  W.  Oothout  died,  aged   19 Harmon  Campbell 

died,  aged  34 Barbara  Chestney  died,  aged  66 John  W.  Coughtry 

died,  aged  29. 

Nov.  23.  William  J.  Bronson  died,  aged  22 Bartholomew  Mullins 

died,  aged  49. 

Nov.  24.  ]Miehael  Hearns  died,  aged  22 Mary  Savage  died,  aged 

68 William  Nolan  died,  aged  18. 

Nov.  26,  Thomas  A.  Mecgan  died,  aged  26, 

Hwt.  Coll.  a  23 


178  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1863. 

Nov.  29.  Mrs.  Mary  Higham  died,  aged  91. Elizabeth  Riddle  died, 

aged  19 Patrick  Dillou  ^died,  aged  42 George  W.  Martin  died, 

aged  35 Mrs.  Elizabeth  Conklin  died,  aged  63 Christopher  Grim- 
wood  Burn  died,  aged  24,  member  of  18th  regiment,  N.  Y.  S.  V. 

Nov.  30.  Charles  Phillips,  aged  47,  was  shot  dead  with  a  pistol  by 

Matthew   Brumaghim    at  the    Delavan    House Elizabeth    Beetham 

died,  aged  55 Hannah,  widow  of  Andrew  0.  McDonald,  died,  aged 

85 Betsey,  wife  of  Andrew  Corning,  died,  aged  68. 

Dec.  1.  James  L'Amoreux  died William  Walsh  died William 

Faulds  died,  aged  27. 

Dec.  3.  Ellen,  wife  of  Thomas  Murray,  died,  aged  36. 

Dec.  4.  Clarissa,  wife  of  Adam  Lehr,  died,  aged  59 Timothy  Fahey 

died,  aged  28. 

Dec.  5.  The  steam  boat  Isaac  Newton  on  her  upward  trip  exploded  a 
boiler,  causing  the  death  of  several  persons,  and  the  loss  a  very  valuable 

freight  and  the  baggage  of  the  passengers Daniel  Ertzberger  died, 

aged  76 Thomas  Glennan  died,  aged   26 Francis  McNaughton 

died,  aged  58 James  Pendergast  died,  aged  25. 

Dec.  6.  James  Smith  died,  aged  38 Thomas  Dwyer  died,  aged  47. 

Ann   Jane   Dexter   died,  aged  63 Philip   A.   Edinger  died   of 

injuries  received  at  the  disaster  to  the  Isaac  Newton  ;  aged  40. 

Dec.  7.  Sarah  T.  Fenn,  wife  of  Amos  Dodge,  died,  aged  53 Mary 

Kinsella  died,  aged  27. 

Dec.  8.  Richard  Joice  died,  aged  86. 

Dec.  9.  George  Kennedy  died,  aged  45. 

Dec.  10.  The  river  temporarily  closed  by  ice.     The  temperature  was 

11  degrees  in  the  morning Cornelia  Ellis,  wife  of  Josiah  Carr,  died, 

aged  31 Elizabeth,  wife  of  George  Smith,  died,  aged  38. 

Dec.  11.  Cold   morning;    wind   changed    to   south,   and    snow   fell  at 

evening,  the  first  of  the  season A  fiercely  contested  election  for  ofiicers 

of  the  Central  rail  road  closed,  in  which  181,603  shares  were  represented, 
with  the  following  result : 

OLD    BOARD.  OPPOSITION. 

Erastus  Corning,.. 124,802     Hiram  Sibly, 59,149 

Alonzo  C.  Paige, 121,881     Russel  Sage 59,149 

Jolni  V.  L.  Pruyn, 124,071     Thomas  W.  Olcott, 59,149 

Nathaniel  Thayer,  122,504     Kufiis  H.  King 56,851 

Livingston  Spralver, 122,879     Edward  Learned, 59,149 

Jacob  Gould, 120,991     Chester  W.  Chapin, 59,772 

Cornelius  Tracy, 122,504     John  P.  Moore, 59,149 

Charles  H.  Russel, 121,014     Moreau  Delano,  59,772 

Richard  M.   Blatchford, ,...   122,504     Edward  G.  Faile,  00,039 

Henry  11.  Martin, 122,504     William  F.  Weld, 56,851 

Freeman  Clarke,  although  not  on  the  regular   opposition  ticket,  received,  890 

Amy  Clinton  died,  aged  78 Nancy,  wife  of  Henry  Pottenburgh, 

died John  M.  Johnson  died,  aged  49. 

Dec.  12.  Rain  storm,  which   dissipated  the  snow  that  had  fallen  and  a 

propeller  reached  the  city  from  New  York  during  the  previous  night 

Joseph     Hannigan    died     aged    23 Catharine     K.,    wife    of    James 

McCounell,  died,  aged  35. 


1863.  Notes  froyn  the  Neicspapers.  179 

Dee.  13.  Mrs.  Catharine  Notes  died,  aged  19. 

Dec.  14.  Water  over  the  docks  and  the  river  full  of  running  ice 

Matthew    Fogarty    died,    aged    55 Mrs.    Hannah     Messenger    died, 

aged  94. 

Dec.  15.  William  Garrett  died  aged  22 Caroline  Kendall,  wife  of 

Stephen  J.  Haskell,  died,  aged  42 Mrs.  Auger  died,  aged  60. 

Dec.  16.  Garret  Vosburgh,  aged  65,  was  found  dead  sitting  in  a  chair. 

Dec.  17.  Snow  began  to  fall  at  8  o'clock  in  the  morning,  which  turned 

to  hail  at  midday,  and  continued  into  the  night Chauncey  H.  Wasson 

died,  aged  45. 

Dec.  18.  Rain Bernard  Fox  died,  aged  59 John  P.  Carrigan 

died,  aged  42 George  W.  Cower  died  by  suicide. 

Dec.  19.  Mary,  wife  of  Philip  Coyle,  died,  aged  39 Annie  Weir, 

wife  of  Jeremiah  Grogan,  died,  aged  23. 

Dec.  20.  William  Barrett  died,  aged  54 Anne  Clark  died,  aged  45. 

Dec.  21.  Ever  since  the  completion  of  the  rail  road  running  from 
Albany  to  Cohoes,  Waterford  and  the  Junction,  trains  have  entered  the 
village  of  West  Troy  by  means  of  the  Y  track,  and  stopped  at  the  depot, 
a  short  distance  from  the  ferry.  The  establishment  of  the  horse  railway, 
however,  has  so  far  diminished  this  business  that  the  Rensselaer  and 
Saratoga    railway    company    concluded    to  discontinue    the    practice   of 

backing   down  the   Y,    on    and   after  this  date Cornelius  Hanrihan 

died,  aged  82. 

Dec.  22.  The  edifice  erected  in  South  Pearl  street  for  a  theatre  in 
1825,  and  occupied  by  St.  Paul's  Church  since  1839,  had  recently  been 
refitted  for  theatrical  purposes,  and  was  opened  this  evening  under  the 
name  of  Academy  of  llusic.  For  an  hour  before  the  advertised  time  of 
opening,  the  doors  of  the  new  Academy  were  besieged  by  a  large  crowd, 
and  long  before  the  hour  of  commencing  the  house  was  completely  filled. 
The  peformances  commenced  with  the  singing  of  the  national  anthem  by 
the  entire  company,  after  which  the  opening  address,  written  by  James  D. 
Pinckney,  Esq.,  was  finely  delivered  by  3Iiss  Annie  Waite,  following 
which,  The  Lady  of  Lyons  was  most  capitally  performed.  The  perform- 
ers were  enthusiastically  received,  and  loudly  applauded  during  the  per- 
formance. Despite  all  the  usual  drawbacks  of  a  first  night,  the  commence- 
ment was  a  perfect  success. —  Times William  Newton  Patten  died, 

aged  18. 

Dec.  23.  Martin  Ellis  died,  aged  17 Mary  A.,  widow  of  John  G. 

Vedder  died,  aged  50 John  V.  Bradt  died,  aged  63 Sylvester 

Watson  died  at  St.  Paul,  Min.,  aged  36. 

Dec.  25,  Chester  Packard  died,  aged  65 Hiram  Perry  Jr.  died  at 

Pottsville,  Pa.     He  was  one  of  the  first  volunteers  in  1861. 

Dec.  26.  The  State  street  bridge,  which  was  destroyed  several  years 
ago,  was  now  so  far  completed  as  to  admit  of  being  crossed  by  foot 
passengers. 

Dec.  27.  The  funeral  of  Lieuts.  Rosche  and  Klizer  of  Co.  K,  177th 

regt.,  was  largely  attended  by  several   associations  and  the  military 

John  A.  McKown,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  Troy. 

Dec.  28.  John  J.  Roessle  died,  aged  17 Bridget,  wife  of  James 

]?urke,  died. 

Dec.  29.  The  following  gentlemen  were  elected  directors  of  the  Albany 


180  Notes  from  the  Neicspajpe^t^s.  1863. 

and  Schenectady  turnpike  company  for  the  ensuing  year,  viz  :  Jacob 
H.  Ten  Eyck,  Stephen  Van  RensseUier,  Richard  Van  Rensselaer,  Volk^rt 
P.  Douw,  John  Tayler  Cooper,  David  I.  Boyd,  Orlando  Meads,  Nehemiah 
Smith,  and  Andrew  E.  Brown  ;  and  for  inspectors  of  election,  Jacob  H. 

Ten  piyck,  Volkert  P.  Douw,  and  Andrew  E.  Brown William  C. 

Miller  died,  aged  66.     He  was  one  of  the  earliest  teachers  of  Sunday 

schools John  Conroy  died,  aged  85 Miles  Tobin,  aged  77,  was 

tilled  by  a  runaway  span  of  horses Maria  Angelina  Brohm  died,  aged 

5g Margaret,  widow  of  Francis  Malburn,  died  at  Freeport,  Ind. 

i)ec.  30.  Funeral  of  Hugh  L.  Chipman  of  Co.  E,  177th  regt.,  who  died 
at  Bonnet  Carre,  La.,  April  17,  also  of  Charles  H.  Fredenrich,  Co.  B, 
177th  regt.  The  following  are  the  names  of  the  dead  of  the  One  Hundred 
and  Seventy-seventh  brought  home  by  Capt.  Filkins.  They  all  died  at 
Bonnet  Carre,  of  typhoid  fever  :  Hugh  L.  Chipman,  Arthur  Haswell, 
William  H.  Crounse,  Charles  S.  Hermance,  Franklin  Comstock,  William 
H.  Lade,  Thomas  Ray,  Abraham  Vandenburgh,  William  Ingraham, 
Peter  C.  Clute,  Maurice  Wood,  Peter  M.  Stalker,  William  H.  Coons, 
Georije  R.  Bailey,  William  H.  Barlow,  Charles  H.  Fredenrich,  George 
W.  Kilbourn.     The  body  of  J.  B.  McClaskie,  of  the  Ninety-first,  was  also 

brought  back  for  burial  here Sarah  Healy  died,  aged  47 Roswell 

Steefe  died,  aged  59. 

Dec.  31.  The  charter  of  the  Albany  City  Bank  expired,  and  was  reor- 
ganized under  the  general  banking  law  with  the  same  officers  and  stock- 
holders.    It  was  chartered  in  1844,  and  has  regularly  divided  8  per  cent 

with  its  stockholders,  and  closed  with  a  surplus  of  80  per  cent The 

following  named  citizens  of  Albany  returned  an  annual  income  of  twenty 
thousand  dollars  and  upwards: 

Erastus  Corning $101,300     A.   Ransom 31,049 

A    Van  Santvoord 85,376     G.  C.   Trcadwell 30,768 

R    H    Pruyn        78,370     W.  Birdsall 29,474 

J   J    Au^^tin 75,848     D.T.Charles 27,334 

J.  F.  Rathbone 68,150     John  A.  Goewey , 26,885 

John  Tracy    64,440     S.  Schuyler 26,417 

J.  McB.  Davidson 61,931     Samuel  Anable 26,168 

E.  Corning  Jr 60,214     S.  H.  Alden 25,891 

Thomas  Schuyler 51,241     J.  V.  L.  Pruyn 25,890 

David  Orr              47,744     W.  H.  DeWitt 25,773 

F    Edson..' 41,378     D.  L.    Wing 25,000 

C    B    Lansing 39,142     Eli  Perry 24,805 

S    H    Ransom 37,154     G.  H.Thatcher 23,929 

John  Tweddle 36,060     S.  Thomas   Jr 23.486 

B,    H    King 30,068     Thurlow  Weed 21,938 

S*  Patten 31,127     D.  L.  Lathrop 20,310 

During  the  year,  in  the  three  courts  we  find  the  record  gives  the  fol- 
lowing results : 

COURT  OF  OYER  AND  TERMINER. 

Number  of  indictmentsbrought,...       71     Plead  guilty  to  indictments, 12 

Trials  and  convictions, none.     Plead  guilty  to  a  lesser  crime, 4 

Trials  and  acquittals none. 

COURT  OF  COUNTY  SESSIONS. 

Number  of  indictments  brought,..       38     Plead  guilty  fo  imlictmcnts 20 

Trials  and  convictions, 2     Plead  guilty  to  a  lesser  crime, 2 

Trials  and  ac((uittals, 3 


1863. 


Notes  from  the  Nev)spape7's. 


181 


mayor's    court. 


Number  of  indictments  brought,.. 

Trials  and  convictions, 

Trials  and  acquittals, 


Plead  guilty  to  indictments,.... 
Plead  guilty  to  a  lesser  crime,. 


RECAPITULATION. 

The  following  is  the  result  of  the  entire  year  in  all  the  courts: 

Number  of  indictments  brought,..     139     Plead  guilty  to  indictments, 47 

Trials  and  convictions, 3     Plead  guilty  to  a  lesser  crime, 9 

Trials  and  acquittals, 4 

As  only  sixty-three  cases   have  been   disposed  of,  there  would  seem, 
from  the  number  of  indictments  brought,  that  a  great  many  remain  to  be 

dealt  with  according  to  law Below  we  give,  from  the  annual  reportof 

the  chamberlain,  a  statement  of  the  receipts   and  disbursements  of  his 
office  for  the  fiscal  year  ending  November  1st,  186S  : 


DISBURSEMENTS. 

City  water  works, §22,774  22 

City  water  debt,   interest 

isocount, 51,000  00 

Alms  House, 23,470  51 

Assessments     for     streets 

and  drains, 47,477  78 

City  poor, 33,128  57 

Contingents, 37,007  36 

Street   contingents, 31,001  60 

Police   department, 40,201  72 

Fire  department, , 26,027  98 

District  schools 48,675  84 

Interest, 39,225  00 

City    Hall, 3,396   14 

Special   sessions, 3,396  14 

Police  court, 3,497  86 

Markets, , 1,089  00 

Ferry, _ 96  65 

Surveyor's  office 2,426  50 

Printing  and  advertising,..  3,414  48 

Justices' court, 3,140  48 

Redemptions, 39  90 

Salaries, 12,948  36 

County  of  Albany, 6,319  27 

Eleotions, 1,939  00 

City  lamps 27,436  82 

Wells  and  pumps, 839  57 

Industrial    school, 108  25 

Military    relief  fund    for 

draft 32,900  00 

Certificate  of  city  indebt- 
edness,   106,649  89 

Special  police 8,610  59 

$607,946  69 

.Christopher  Hepinstall  died,  aged  67 James  Sheridan  died,  aged 


City  water  works, 

Alms  House, 

Assessments  for  streets 
and  drains, 

City  poor, 

Contingents, 

Street  contingents, 

Fire  department, 

District  schools, 

Interest, 

Special   sessions, 

Police  court, 

Rents  and  quit  rents, 

Commutations, 

Markets,  

Justices'    court, 

Redemptions, 

Bonds  and  mortgages, 

Real  estate, 

Dividends, 

City  taxes, 

County  of  Albany, 

Ferry, 

Military  relief  fund  for 
draft,  

Certificates  of  city  indebt- 
edness  


$89,737  30 
795  25 

9,275  51 

474  15 

7,432  14 

5;344  53 

78  10 

18,521  72 

13,461  11 

930  50 

1,331  82 

742  18 

480  00 

1,252  70 

1,038  59 

32  38 

4,230  50 

5,935  85 

526  95 

246,212  20 

39,361  50 

2,250  00 

100,300  00 

58,687  86 

$608,422  86 


28 Anastacia  Roe,  wife  of  William    Mclntyre,  died,  aged  27. 

Michael  Keegan  died,  aged  3o. 


182  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

1864. 

Jan.  1.  The  new  year  was  ushered  in  by  a  rain  storm ;  but  the   day 

closed    under   a  keen   northwester The   congregation   of    llev.    Mr. 

Bridgman's  church  presented  him  with  a  purse  containing  $1,000 

Abram  li.  Gifford,  of  the  army  of  the  Potomac,  died,  aged  42. 

Jan.  2.  E.  C.  Aiken  died  at  his  residence  in  Greeubush  suddenly,  aged 
GO.     He  had  been  long  engaged  in  the  flour  business  in  this  city,  and  was 

a  man   of  enterprise  and   wealth John  Brown   died,   aged   24 

Annie  Caswell  died,  aged  17. 

Jan.  3.  Rev.  Mr.  Fulton  closed  his  labors  with  the  Tabernacle  Baptist 
Church  in  North  Pearl  street,  which  commenced  four  years  before  with 
30  members,  and  now  numbered  nearly  200,  and  a  congregation  above  the 

average  of  the  city  churches Henry  V.  Ostram  died,  aged  19 

T.  Ashley  Graves,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Troy,  aged  52. 

Jan.  4.  A  musical  event  in  the  history  of  Albany  occurred  to-night. 
Grau's  splendid  opera  troupe,  consisting  of  sixty-five  performers,  and 
embracing  some  of  the  greatest  musical  celebrities  of  Europe,  opened  at 
the  Academy  of  Music  with  the  admired  opera  of  Lucrezia  Borgia.  It  is 
the  first  time  a  complete  operatic  performance,  in  costume,  and  with  full 

orchestra,   had   ever   been   given  in  Albany The  following  persons 

were  elected  directors  of  the  Albany  Insurance  Company  for  the  ensuing 
year  :  llufus  H.  King,  Augustus  James,  Jacob  H.  Ten  Eyck,  Harmon 
Pumpelly,  J-ohn  Tayler  Cooper,  Peter  McNaughton,  Franklin  Townsend, 
Eliphalet  Wickes,   John   H.  Van   Antwerp,  James  Wilson,  Charles  B. 

Lansing,  Samuel  H.  Ransom,  J.  Howard  King At  an  annual  election 

of  tbe  Albany  Republican  Artillery,  held  at  their  armory,  the  following 
officers  were  elected  for  the  ensuing  year  :  Walter  V.  Colrose,  1st  ser- 
geant ;  James  H.  Chadwick,  2d  sergeant;  M.  V.  B.  Moore,  3d  sergeant; 
Philip  H.  Steine,  4th  sergeant;  Peter  Golden,  1st  corporal;  Richard 
Padloe,  2d  corporal ;  Hiram  Putman,  3d  corporal ;  Charles  Wornham, 
4th  corporal ;  John  S.  Clark,  president ;  James  H.  Pierce,  vice  president ; 
M.  V.  B.  Moore,  secretary  ;  John  Pochin,  financial  secretary;  Thomas  E. 

Williamson,  treasurer Charles  H.  Smith  died,  aged  56 William 

C.  Birmingham  died,  aged  34 Julia  Pettingill  died,  aged  22 

Mrs.  Ann  Elizabeth,  widow  of  Gov.  Yates,  died.  She  was  the  daughter 
of  John  DeLancey. 

Jan.  5.  The  rail  road  trains  were  obstructed  by  snow,  and   the  ferry 

boat  of  the   Hudson   river  rail  road  was  laid  up John  Gorman  was 

killed   by  falling  through  a  hatchway  at  Taylor's  brewery William 

Benedict  Lansing  died   at  Niles,  Michigan,  aged  27 John  Palmer, 

sergeant  in  the  U.uted  States  cavalry,  died,  aged  48. 

Jan.  6.  Edward  Smith  died,  aged  78 Edward  Sheehy  died,  aged  50. 

Jan.  7.  Cold  day  ;  temperature  6  degrees  below  zero At  an  election 

for  officers  of  the  Albany  Emmet  Guards,  held  at  the  Armory,  Col.  Church 
in  the  chair,  and  Lieut.  Col.  MulhoUand  and  Brigade  Inspector  McKown 
acting  as  tellers,  1st  Lieut.  James  M.  Carlin  was  unanimously  elected 
captain,  in  place  of  H.  MulhoUand,  promoted ;  2d  Lieut.  John  Grady 
was  elected  first  lieutenant,  in  place  of  Lieut.  Carlin,  promoted;  Lieut. 
John  Wickham,  in  place  of  Lieut.  Grady,  promoted,  and  Thomas  Walsh, 

in    place  of  Lieut.  Wickham,  promoted Anna   Maria,  ^ife  of  John 

Hagstortz,  died,  aged  73. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Nev:)sixq')ers.  183 

Jan.  8.  Cliarles  McKinley  died. 

Jan.  9.  Betsey  Anthony,  an  aged  woman,  found  dead  in  her  house ; 
supposed  to  have  died  of  heart  disease. 

Jan.  10.  Adam  Blake  died,  aged  94.  Sentinel,  the  correspondent  of 
the  New  York  World,  wrote  as  follows  :  "  I  do  not  understand  precisely 
why  this  correspondent  should  be  expected  to  be  the  necrologist  of  the 
remarkable  people  that  die  in  Albany  ;  but  I  have  waited  to  see  some 
mention  made  of  the  decease  of  Adam  Blake,  a  very  aged  colored  man 
who  was  in  many  respects  a  representative  person.  Born  in  New  York 
before  the  revolution,  he  was  brought  up  to  Albany,  and  for  a  very  long 
period  was  one  of  the  patroon's  slaves  at  the  manor  house,  with  a  manner 
and  style  that  made  him  a  remarkable  man.  He  was  of  that  class  of  his 
people  who,  in  their  way,  were  of  that  high  order  of  good  breeding  which 
we  vaguely  call  the  old  school,  and  by  which  we  mean  a  thorough  courtesy. 
His  funeral  was  indicative  of  the  respect  borne  to  his  memory  —  the  patroon 
communicating  through  the  Bev.  Dr.  Clark,  of  the  Dutch  church,  his 
regret  that  he  was  prevented  by  indisposition  from  being  present  at  the 
last  scene  of  one  of  the  old  race  of  family  service."  His  death,  said  the 
Times,  has  erased  from  the  catalogue  of  men  the  last  of  his  day  and  gene- 
ration. Born  about  the  close  of  the  French  and  Indian  war,  he  passed 
through  the  revolutionary  struggle  and  the  war  of  1812,  and  lived  to  see 
his  native  land  excited  by  a  wicked  civil  war.  Mr.  Blake  was  in  many 
respects  a  remarkable  man.  Endowed  with  more  than  ordinary  abilities, 
he  by  his  position  was  enabled  to  gather  instruction,  and  to  attain  a  strict 
courtesy  of  manners  which  he  observed  up  to  his  death.  Mr.  Blake  was 
born  in  the  city  of  New  York,  and,  when  a  mere  boy,  was  brought  to  this 
city,  a  slave,  by  Jacob  Lansing.  How  long  he  remained  a  bondman  we 
are  not  reliably  informed,  but  we  subsequently  find  him  at  the  manor 
house,  in  the  employ  of  the  late  Gen.  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer.  As  a 
servant  of  the  patroon,  he  endeared  himself  to  every  member  of  the  family. 
In  his  old  age,  in  a  spirit  of  self  satisfied  pride,  he  asserted  that  he  brought 
up  all  the  children  of  the  patroon,  for  he  "  dangled  them  upon  his  knees." 
Subsequently,  we  trace  him  in  the  employ  of  De  Witt  Clinton,  when 
governor  of  the  state,  and  also  to  Attorney  General  Hoffman,  when  that 
gentleman  resided  in  this  city.  But  wherever  Mr.  Blake  was,  he  always 
commanded  respect  by  that  high  order  of  good  breeding  and  courtesy 
towards  all,  for  which  he  was  proverbial.  The  last  fifty  years  of  his  life 
he  spent  with  his  family  in  Third  street,  but  lost  the  partner  of  his  bosom 
in  1841.  Within  the  past  twelve  years  he  was  only  once  south  of  the 
North  Dutch  church ;  and  then  he  was  conveyed  away  from  his  home  by 
his  son,  a  resident  of  this  city.  During  his  lifetime,  Mr.  Blake  was  a 
regular  attendant  at  the  North  Dutch  church,  and  even  in  his  declining 
years,  when   his   strength   failed,  he   was  in   attendance   on   communion 

Sundays.     Thus   passed  away   Adam  Blake,  at  the  age  of  94  years 

Hannah   M.,  widow  of  Hamlet  H.  Hickcox,  died,  aged  71 Edward 

M.  Butler  died,  aged  18. 

Jan.  11.  Ash  Grove,  owned  and  occupied  by  E.  S.  Stearns  Esq.,  was 
sold  for  $24,000,  to  Samuel  Schuyler  Esq.  A  portion  of  the  grounds 
are  to  be  occupied  in  the  erection  of  a  splendid  church  and  parsonage. 

The  following  persons  were,  on  the  11th  inst.,  elected    directors  of 

the  Albany  Exchange  Company  for  the  ensuing  year :    James  McNaugh- 


184  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  1864. 

ton,   Rufus   H.   King,  James   Kidd,  Andrew  E.  Brown,  Visscher  Ten 

Eyck,  Samuel  H.  Ransom,  Charles  B.  Lansing The  following  figures 

show  the  result  of  the  draft  in  this  county : 

Number  enrolled,  16,981  Commuted 638 

Enrolled  first  class,  ^...  10,539  Exempt  from  disability, 862 

Second  class,  « 5,869  Exempt  for  alienage,  280 

Third  class, 578  Exempt  from  all  other  eauses,  623 

Number  drawn, 2,653  Deserted, 8 

Held  to  service, 974  Failed  to  report, 419 

Furnished  substitutes, 381  Not  disposed  of, 52 

The  number  discharged  for   disability  is  proportionately  much  smaller 

than  in  any  district  in  the  state  where  the  result  has  been  announced 

Sentinel,  the  correspondent  of  the  World  newspaper,  discoursed  thus 
agreeably  about  matters  and  things  in  Albany  at  this  time  :  The  work 
in  progress  in  the  Academy  park  is  a  curious,  as  it  is  an  interesting  one. 
Workmen,  in  defiance  of  the  cold  and  the  snow,  are  busy  in  the  framing 
of  a  huge  building,  to  be  formed  like  a  Grecian  cross  —  a  structure  for 
the  February  Bazaar  —  in  which  all  the  fashion  and  taste  of  Albany  is  to 
win  funds  for  the  good  uses  of  the  sanitary  commission.  It  is  already, 
in  its  severalities  of  arrangement,  divided,  and  the  effort  will  be  made  to 
make  it  the  grouping  of  the  eastern  portion  of  the  state,  leaving  the 
metropolis  in  its  own  abundant  resources,  and  resigning  to  Buffalo  all 
west  of  Cayuga  lake,  which  is  a  very  proper  division  of  the  state,  and 
will  prove  itself  a  strong  one.  Of  all  the  sections  of  the  Bazaar,  none 
promises  to  be  of  greater  beauty  than  the  proposed  gathering  of  paint- 
ings and  sculpture,  which  is  to  be  arranged  in  the  studio  rooms  of  Mr. 
Palmer,  the  most  appropriate  of  all  homes  for  it.  I  hear  already  of  one 
exquisite  painting  in  the  studies  for  which  one  of  our  most  eminent 
artists  has  been  at  work  during  the  last  summer.  This  painting  will  be  a 
luxury  in  itself,  and  it  will  be  one  of  a  collection  which  ought  to  attract 
to  Albany  the  steps  of  those  who  deem  it  wise  use  of  life  to  see  the  most 
beautiful,  and  the  greater,  when  the  beautiful  is  voice  of  entreaty  for  the 
good.  The  very  upliiting  of  this  building  is  a  quaint  and  weird-like 
work.  It  finds  its  sufficient  foundation  in  the  frosty  earth,  which  refuses 
to  yield,  whatever  of  burden  may  be  laid  on  its  cold  shoulders.  The 
busy  operations  seem  out  of  place  amidst  the  trees  of  the  park,  and  in 
these  days  of  keen  winter  depth.  But  the  plan  of  the  architect  is 
gradually  revealed.  The  masses  of  timbers  take  form,  and  there  will 
arise,  like  the  Empress  Anne's  ice  crystal  ephemeral,  an  edifice  to  be 
radiant  with  light  and  beauty.  Albany  has  been  for  a  week  in  the 
enjoyment  of  just  such  a  winter  as  it  almost  claims  for  its  own  exclu- 
sively, and  all  that  belongs  to  the  sports  of  winter  are  here  as  nowhere 
else.  Probably  the  best  skating  park  in  the  land  is  here,  for  the  ice 
remains  and  is  renewed  as  it  is  warn.  The  sleighing  is  clear,  crisp,  suffi- 
cient, and  a  winter  equipage  may  be  safely  provided  for  actual  and 
abundant  use.  In  literature  we  feel  very  strongly  the  departure  —  by 
ofiicial  service  and  by  removal  —  of  Mr.  Pruyn  and  Professor  Murray; 
the  former  in  his  duties  at  Washington,  and  the  latter  by  his  acceptance 
of  a  professorate  in  llutgcrs'  College.  They  gave  to  the  meetings  of  the 
Albany  Institute  all  that  abiding  interest  which  persevering  and  intelli- 
gent cooperation  always  secures  to  a  literary  gathering.     These  gatherings 


1864.  Notes  frcym  the  Newspapers.  185 

ia  the  library  of  the  Academy  are  always  gratifying.  There  one  meets 
James  Hall,  the  learned  and  elaborate  geologist;  Paterson,  the  profound 
mathematician,  whose  judgment  of  the  exact  sciences  is  of  the  highest 
philosophical  order;  Munsell,  our  Elzevir,  whose  labors  in  collating  the 
facts  of  history,  and  skill  in  the  delicacies  of  their  typographical  pre- 
servation, deserve  to  be  nationally  known ;  nor  these  alone,  but  several 
others  whose  papers  and  observations  have  pre&erved  Albany's  place  in 
science  and  literature — all  these  gave  worth  to  the  evenings  at  the 
Institute.  It  is  one  of  the  many  results  of  the  wonderful  labors  in  all 
mental  movements  of  that  extraordinary  man  —  Dr.  Beck,  I  never 
weary  in  the  look  at  the  exterior  of  the  St.  Joseph  Church  in  this  city. 
Its  locality,  of  all  others,  is  most  favorable.  Stepped  on  a  great  terrace 
of  hill,  above  all  the  north  division  of  the  city,  blending  its  beautiful 
colors  of  drab  and  blue  in  the  stone  of  Nova  Scotia  and  of  the  Mohawk, 
everywhere  showing  in  its  throng  of  daring  angles  the  skill  and  boldness 
of  the  architect,  one  sees  a  most  irregular  combination  of  buildings, 
of  towers,  and  yet  all  softening  and  shaping  into  such  regulated  structure 
as  give  it  high  place  in  architecture.  Go  thou  and  do  likewise.  Let  us 
who  believe  as  well  in  the  beauty  of  the  form,  but  do  not  stop  there, 
when  we  build,  seek  the  most  beautiful;  not  the  most  gorgeous,  but  the 
form  which  shall  best  express  that,  from  the  simplicity  and  truth  of  the 
trustfulness  of  faith,  goes  out  the  desire  to  give  to  the  place  of  devotion 
whatever  belongs  to  the  most  pure  and  true  in  loveliness The  com- 
missioners appointed  to  improve  the  Hudson  river  between  Troy  and 
New  Baltimore  —  Col.  Harcourt,  Thomas  Schuyler,  A.  Van  Santvoord,  of 
Albany,  and  Capt.  Tupper,  of  Troy,  report  the  following  expenditures  : 

On  Coeymansdyke, $47,764  91  Excavating  80,242  cubic  yds. 

On   Castleton  dyke,  34,196  19       at  Shad  Island, $12,254  15 

Repairing  dyke  at  Port  Schuy-  Excavating  22,420  cubic  yds. 

ler,  1,17181        at  Kellogg  shoals, 3,973  40 

Repairing  dyke  below  Albany,     2,341  67  Excavating  12,240  cubicyds. 

Cost  of  pile  driver,  tools,  sho-  at  Fish  House  bar,  2,000  80 

veling,  scows,  and  materials  Expenses  on  Cedar  Hill  bar,        350  00 

now  on  hand, 3,544  25  

Miscellaneous  expenses, 1,502  44  dtiQj  qoa  pq 

Excavating  150, 090 cubic  yds.  ^\6'i,6Ab  b6 

at  Coeymans,  25,227  01 

To  complete  and  protect  the  works  commenced  during  the  past  season 
will  re([uire,  as  nearly  as  can  be  estimated,  the  following  sums : 

Coeymans  dyke, $12,000     Repair  of  dyke  below  Albany,    $6,000 

Castleton  dyke, 27,000  

Repair  of  dyke  at  Port  Schuyler,     20,000  $65,000 

Mrs.  Lucy  Thompson  died. 

Jan.  14.  Patrick  Dillon  died,  aged  78.. 

Jan.  16.  Chas.  Baumis  died,  aged  42 Patrick  Garrity  died,  aged  50. 

Jan.  17.  Ilev.   Henry  Darling,  of  Philadelphia,  assumed  the    pastoral 

charge  of  the  Fourth  Presbyterian  Church The  funeral  services  of 

the  dead  of  the  Tenth  regiment  took  place  yesterday.  The  bodies  of 
the  deceased,  ten  in  number,  lay  in  state  at  the  City  Hall ;  and  between 
one  and  two  o'clock  in  the  afternoon  the  cortege  moved.  It  consisted  of 
the  25th,  the  10th  (in  citizen's  dress),  the  51st  (whose  military  bearing 

Hist.  Coll.  ii.  24 


186  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

under  Col.  Legendre,  and  their  tattered  battle  flag  attracted  universal 
attention),  the  fire  department,  the  relatives  of  the  deceased,  the  com- 
mon council  and  members  of  the  legislature.  Col.  Church  was  grand 
marshal,  James  McQuade,  Capt.  Shanks  and  James  McKown,  assistant 
marshals.  The  25th  was  commanded  by  Lieut.  Col.  Mulholland.  It 
was  his  first  appearance  since  his  election.  His  military  bearing,  and 
the  appearance  of  his  men  were  highly  creditable.  There  were  three 
brass  bands  in  the  procession.  The  bodies  of  the  deceased  were  carried 
in  sleighs,  each  with  four  horses  attached,  and  were  draped  in  the 
American  flag.  As  the  procession  moved  the  various  bells  of  the  city 
were  rang.  All  over  the  city  flags  were  hung  at  half  mast  in  token  of 
respect  for  the  gallant  dead.  The  cortege  was  a  very  imposing  one.  A 
large  concourse  of  people  were  gathered  in  State  and  Pearl  streets,  and 
other  streets  through  which  the  procession  passed.  It  was  a  solemn  and 
imposing  pageant,  and  everywhere  the  feeling  of  respect  for  the  remains 
of  the  gallant  dead  was  apparent.  The  remains  were  taken  to  the  north- 
ern cars  at  the  foot  of  Thacher  street,  where  a  special  train  was  in 
waiting,  and  were  thence  taken  to  the  cemetery.  Here  they  were  placed 
in  the  vault,  where  a  volley  was  fired  by  the  Twenty-fiftb  regiment.  The 
entire  fire  department  were  out,  under  command  of  Chief  Engineer 
McQuade,  and  presented,  as  usual,  a  very  creditable  appearance.  The 
honored  dead  numbered  ten,  namely  :  J.  Gardner,  A.  Billson,  F.  Platto, 
Gr.  R.  Bailey,  C.  S.  Hermance,  W.  H.  Lade,  A.  Vandenberg,  P.  Stalker, 
S.  Gr.  Loomis,  J.  B.  McClasky.  The  occasion  will  long  be  remembered 
by  our  citizens,  and  the  respect  shown  to  the  deceased  is  evidence  that 
the  people  of  Albany  are  not  unmindful  of  the  memories  of  the  gallant 

men  who  have  fallen  in  defence  of  their  country. —  Times Edith  Van 

Valkenburgh  died,  aged  52 John  Woods  died,  aged  42 Rensse- 
laer N   Sill  died,  aged  53. 

Jan.   18.   Benjamin   Harrison  died,   aged  48 Mary  Sheehy  died, 

aged  50 Oliva  Carman  died,  aged  54 Bridget  Moore,  wife  of  John 

O'Brien,  died,  aged  48. 

Jan.  19.  The  rain,  and  the  mild  weather  of  a  week's  duration  destroyed 
the  sleighing John  McCarthy  dibd,  aged  76. 

Jan.  20.   Mrs.  Mary  Helms  died,  aged  60. 

Jan.  21.  The  State  street  bridge  was  completed,  much  to  the  relief  of 
those  who  do  business  on  the  pier. 

Jan.  22.  Timothy  Ahearn  died,  aged  49 Eliza  Alexander,  widow 

of  George  Hanford,  died  at  Galway,  Saratoga  Co.,  aged  62. 

Jan.  23.   Mai-y  Garrity  died,  aged  55 E.  DeWitt  Robinson  died, 

in  Chicago,  aged  42. 

Jan.  24.  Richard  W.  Duncan  died,  aged  47 Catharine  Van  Ness, 

wife  of  Dr.  William  Bay,  died,  aged  87.  She  was  the  sister  of  Judge 
William  P.  Van  Ness,  of  Columbia  county,  was  intellectual,  accomplished 
and  refined,  and  retained  her  vivacity  and  cheerfulness  in  her  old  age. 

Jan.  25.   Fanny  Fuller  Riche  died,  aged  18 John  Gilligan  died  at 

West  Albany,  aged  75. 

Jan.  26.   Mrs.  Maria  Brower  died,  aged  73. 

Jan.  27.  William  Sheridan  died,  aged  45. 

Jan.  28.  W.  Pangburn  died,  aged  52  ;  member  of  Co.  E,  4th  regiment, 
N.  Y.  Heavy  artillery. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  187 

Jan.  29.  The  Rev.  William  Avtliur  resigned  the  pastoral  charge  of  the 
State  Street  Baptist  Church. 

Feb.  2.  Mrs.   Christina  Bantham  died,   aged  60 Laura  Lehman 

died,  aged  17 Greorge  Moyer  died,  aged  42. 

Feb.  3.  Anna  Powers  died,  aged  74. 

Feb.  5.  Mrs.  Mary  Bradstreet  died,  aged  87 William  Henry  Knox 

died,  aged  21. 

Feb.  6.  7*  A.  M.,  bar.  29.75  ;  air  31 ;  higest  40  ;  lowest  31 ;  wind  N.;  sky 
cloudy.   6  p.  M.,  bar.  20.73  ;  air  37  ;  wind  light  air  N.;  sky  cloudy,  obscured. 

Bridget  Donahoe  died,  aged  45 Diadama  Beecher  Fay,  wife  of 

Alanson  Sumner,  died,  aged  51. 

Feb.  7.  7  A.  M.,  bar.  29.70 ;  air  32  ;  H.  37  ;  L.  32 ;  wind  light,  N.  W. ; 
sky  cloudy  ;  rain  last  night  0.17  inch.  6  P.  M.,  bar.  29.60;  air  32;  wind 
light;  air  N. ;  sky  clear  ;  sun  set  and  star  light  night. 

Feb.  8.  7  A.  M.,  bar.  29.40 ;  air  30  ;  H.  37 ;  L.  26  ;  sky  cloudy.  6  P. 
M.,  bar.  29.60  ;  air  32 ;  wind  N.  W.  ;  sky  cloudy,  obscured  ;  \  inch  snow 

to-day Mary  E.  Strong,  wife  of  James  Cooley,  died Bartholomew 

Lanagan,  of  the  93d  regiment,  died  in  the  hospital. 

Feb.  9.  7  A.  M.,  bar.  29.76  ;  air  21 ;  H.  37  ;  L.  21 ;  wind  light ;  air  W. ; 
sky  clear.     6  P.  M.,  bar.  29.90 ;  air  24  ;  wind  N.  ;  sky  changeable  ;   clear 

sunset  and  cloudy  evening William   C.   Halse   died,   aged  79 

Nelson  Scovel  died,  aged  57. 

Feb.  10.  7  A.  M.,  bar.  30.00;  air  13  ;  H.  28  ;  L.  12;  wind  N.  W.,  sky 
thin  cloudy.      6  P.  M.,  bar.  30.21  ;  air  7  ;    wind  N.  W. ;  sky   clear  and 

star  light  night Eliza  Ten  Eyck  died,  aged  22 Rosanna  McCann 

died,  aged  85 Maria,  wife  of  William  Davey,  died,  aged  49. 

Feb.  11.  7  A.  M.,  bar.  30.30;   air  4;  H.  18;   L.  2 ;   wind  N.  E. ;  sky 

clear.     6  P.  M.,  bar.  29.97;  air  25;  wind  brisk,  S.  ;  sky  thin,  cloudy 

The  Rev.  Henry  Darling  was  installed  pastor  of  the  Fourth  Presbyterian 
Church;   service   by  Rev.  E.  N.  Kirk,  D.D.,  the  original  pastor  of  the 

church Chauncey  Whitney  died,  aged  71 James  Campbell  died, 

aged  34 Bridget,  wife  of  Patrick  Duncan,  died. 

Feb.  12.  7  A.   M.,  bar.  29.66;  air  29;   H.  29;  L.  15;  wind  S. ;   sky 

cloudy,  obscured.     6  P.  M.,  bar.  29.76;  air  34;  wind  N. ;  sky  cloudy 

Patrick  Keenan  died,  aged  46 Margaret,  wife  of  Patrick  Gorman, 

died. 

Feb.  13.  Rev.  Peter  Bullions,  D.D.,  died  in  Troy,  aged  73.  He  was 
attacked  with  congestive  fever,  and  failed  rapidly.  Dr.  Bullions  was  for 
many  years  a  resident  of  our  city,  and  the  classical  professor  in  the 
Albany  Academy.  He  was  a  man  of  marked  ability,  and  one  of  the  best 
teachers  of  languages  we  ever  had.  Soon  after  he  resigned  his  charge  at 
the  Academy  he  removed  to  Troy,  and  again  entered  the  ministry.  He 
was  greatly  beloved  and  respected  by  all  who  knew  him. 

Feb.  14.    Henry  Graves  died,  aged  35. 

Feb.  15.  Patrick  Conlan  died,  aged  65. 

Feb.  17.  At  a  meeting  of  the  Albany  Emmet  Guards  company,  held 
at  their  armory,  for  the  purpose  of  electing  non-commissioned  and  civil 
oSicers  for  the  ensuing  year,  the  following  gentlemen  were  elected : 
Patrick  McCaffrey,  orderly  sergeant;  Patrick  Kelly,  2d  sergeant ;  William 
Fay,  3d  sergeant;  Frank  Cunningham,  4th  sergeant;  John  Reynolds,  5th 
sergeant ;  Thomas  Quin,  1st  corporal ;  Patrick  Sweeny,  2d  corporal ;  John 


188  Notes  from  the  News^papers.  1864. 

Smith,  3d  corporal;  William  Kelly,  4tli  corporal;  Charles  McAuley, 
president;  Patrick  McGraw,  vice  president ;  Patrick  Sennott,  recording 
secretary;  Thomas  Quin,  financial  secretary;  John  Gillogly,  treasurer; 
P.  McDonald,  armorer. 

Feb.  17.  Temperature  3  degrees  at  6  A.  M. ;  3  degrees  below  zero  at  6 

P.  M Catharine,  wife  of  Patrick  Powers,  died,  aged  54. 

Feb.  18.  Temperature  6  degrees  below  zero George  Newell  died, 

ao-ed  57.      He  was  stricken  down  by  paralysis  in  his  room  at  Congress 
Hall.     During  that  evening  and  the  next  day  he  was  conscious  and  able 
to  converse,  but  afterwards   gradually  sunk  and  expired.     Mr.  Newell's 
whole  life  had  been  largely  identified  with  public  afi'airs,  especially  those 
of  our  own  state — and  there  was  hardly  another  man   living  who  had  a 
more  intimate  knowledge  of  the  history  and  material  interests  of  the  state 
during  the  last  forty  years.     At  an  early  age  he  became  a  member  of  the 
family  of  Gov.  Marcy,  who  had  married  his  sister;  and,  during  the  whole 
career  of  that  great   statesman,  was  his  confidential  friend,  sharing   his 
counsels  and  assisting  in  his  labors.     Mr.  Newell  had  largely  participated 
in  the  management  of  the  finances  and  the  canals  of  the  state,  and  was  con- 
spicuous, during  many  years,  for  his  sound  views   and  faithful  labors  in 
reference  to  those  subjects.      From  1883  to  1889  he  held  the  office  of 
second  deputy  comptroller  —  from  1842  to  1848  that  of  chief  clerk  of 
the  canal  department  —  from  1852  to  1854  that  of  auditor  —  the  office 
under  these   several  names   being  substantially  the  same  —  the  charge 
of  the  canal  department.      How  faithfully  and  ably  he  discharged  these 
duties  is  known  by  all  familiar  with   our  public   affairs.     The  state  is 
largely  indebted  to  him  for  the  thorough  organization  of  the  canal  depart- 
ment, and  for  originating  the   system  of  an   annual  report  of  the  tolls, 
trade'  and  tonnage  of  the   canals  —  a  volume  which  is  now  looked  for 
every    year  with   interest  by  staticians,    as  well  in    Europe   as  in  this 
country.      He  was  a  gentleman  of  large  intellectual   culture  and  varied 
literary  acquirements  —  enriched  and  rendered  practically  useful  by  exten- 
sive intercourse  with  society,  both  in  this  country  and  abroad.     Since  the 
death  of  Gov.  Marcy  the  papers  of  the  latter  had  been  in  his  possession, 
and  he  had  mainly  devoted"  his  time  to  examining  and  arranging  them 
with  a  view  to  their  ultimate  publication  —  and  he  was  looked  to  by  the 
friends  and  admirers  of  that  distinguished  man  as  better  fitted  than  any 
one   else  to   write   his   biography  —  a  labor  of  love,   which    he    would 
undoubtedly  have  discharged  had  his  life  been  continued.     After  all,  it  is 
not  the  intellectual  strength,  the   learning,  the  labors  of  the  man  —  but 
his  social  nature,   the   virtues  of  his  heart  —  that  endear   him  to  asso- 
ciates and  friends,  and  point  the  anguish  of  parting.      In  these  qualities, 
which  bind  kindred   spirits   together,  Mr.  Newell  was  richly  endowed. 
He  was  not  a  man  of  general  and  miscellaneous   friendships,  but  there 
was  a  laro-e  circle  of  those  who  knew  his  nature,  shared   his  confidence, 
and  loved  him,  and  now  sincerely  mourn  his  sudden  loss.  — Argus. 
Feb.  19.  Temperature  at  zero  at  7  A.  M. 
Feb.  20.  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Benjamin  Lodge,  died,  aged  47. 
Feb.  21.  The  funeral  of  Jacob  Putman,  killed  on  the  Central  rail  road, 
took  place  at  his  residence,  36    Herkimer  street,  attended  by  Temple 

lodge Margaret  Gahan  died,  aged   68 Matthew    Malaney  died, 

acred  44 Andrew  J.  Morey  died,  aged  32 Ann  E  ,wife  of  Edward 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Neicspapers.  189 

J.  Crime,  died,  aged  37 Julia  McNaughton,  wife  of  L>ennison  Worth- 

iugton,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Madison,  Wisconsin. 

Feb.  22.  Washington's  birth  day  was  celebrated  by  the  25th  regiment 
and  the  Hibernian  society;  oration  at  Tweddle  Hall,  by  George  W. 
Curtis,' and  address  by  Gov.   Seymour.      The  20th  regiment  (late  Col. 

Pratt's)   arrived   and   was   addressed   by  Gov.    Seymour The    first 

National  Bank  commenced  operations   in  the  rooms  of  the   Commercial 

Insurance  company The  funeral  of  xMajor  George  W.  Stackhouse  took 

place  from  the  City  Hall,  the  25th  regiment  acting  as  an  escort The 

State  street  horse  rail  road  commenced  running.     A  free   car   had    been 

running  a  few  days  of  the  previous  week Thomas  Fish  died,  aged  72. 

Isabella  Gott  died,  asied  43. 

Feb.  23.  Harriet  Van  Zandt,  wife  of  Joseph  Taylor,  died,  aged  34  .... 
Fardy  Coogan  died,  aged  43. 

Feb.  24.  Catharine   A.,   wife  of  Elisha  Ticknor,    died,   aged   43 

Ephraim  T.  Whitbeck  died,  aged  22. 

Feb.  25.  Sarah  Jane  Crane  died,  aged  29. 

Feb.  26.  Levi  Rogers,  who  formerly  carried  on  business  in  this  city, 
died  at  Lockport,  at  the  advanced  ago  of  72  years.  The  Lockport  Union 
says  that  his  early  life  was  eventful,  most  of  it  being  passed  upon  the  sea 
in  the  service  of  the  United  States.  He  was  taken  prisoner  at  the  siege 
of  Montevideo,  and  remained  in  close  confinement  until  exchanged.  He 
served  on  the  ocean  during  the  war  of  1812,  and  was  three  times  taken 
prisoner.  At  the  close  of  the  war  he  engaged  in  the  merchant  marine 
service,  but  for  a  short  time  only,  when,  abandoning  the  sea,  he  entered 
business  in  the  city  of  New  York.  Up  to  the  year  1837  he  had  been  a 
successful  merchant  in  New  York,  Albany,  Troy  and  other  cities  in  the 
state.  With  thousands  of  others,  however,  in  the  financial  crash  of  1837, 
he  lost  the  accumulations  of  years,  and  was  forced  to  rely  solely  upon  his 
native  business  talent,  his  energy  and  prudence,  for  a  new  start  in  life. 
About  the  year  1845  he  became  a  resident  of  Lockport,  and  since  then, 
up  to  the  time  of  his  death,  has  been  actively  engaged  in  the  book  busi- 
ness there  Hugh  Roch  died,  aged  80 Margaret,  wife  of  Samuel 

Dare,  died,  aged  59 Margaret  Morris  died,  aged  49. 

March  1.  the  firm  of  Erastus  Corning  &  Co.,  which  for  fifty  years  has 
had  a  reputation  coextensive  with  the  country,  and  which  indeed  has 
done  the  largest  business  of  any  firm  in  the  United  States  or  Canada,  has 
relinquished  the  hardware  store,  passing  it  into  the  hands  of  Edward 
Wilson,  James  Byrne  and  Philip  Fitzsimmons,  young  gentlemen  who 
have  been  brought  up  from  early  boyhood  in  the  store.  Mr.  Corning 
retains,  of  course,  his  mills  and  factories  and  his  other  large  business  out- 
side the  store  —  a  business  extensive  enough  to  absorb  the  attention  as 
well  as  gratify  the  ambition  of  ordinary  men.  The  WorkVs  correspondent 
has  the  following  article  in  relation  to  the  dissolution  of  the  firm :  The 
withdrawal  from  the  hardware  business  of  the  eminent  house  of  Erastus 
Corning  &  Co.,  is  an  event  in  the  mercantile  annals  of  the  state,  in  all  the 
region  outside  of  New  York.  It  has  been  so  long  known  as  to  be  con- 
sidered as  identified  with  the  trade.  Rising  by  the  succession  of  business 
from  the  firms  connected  with  the  colonial  and  revolutionary  day,  Mr. 
Corning  made  the  name  of  his  establishment  familiar  to  all  the  business 
circles  of  the  west,  growing  and  advancing  as  the  west  developed.     In  the 


190  Notes  from  the  Neivspapers.  1864. 

midst  of  all  his  business,  any  division  of  which  was  sufficient  to  fill  the 
energies  of  an  industrious  man,  he  found  time  to  give  his  affairs  as  a 
merchant  his  care,  and  to  sustain  his  high  career  as  among  the  first  mer- 
chants of  the  nation.  It  has  been  a  characteristic  of  Mr.  Corning  to  find 
time  for  all  his  work,  and  that,  too,  without  parade  or  display  of  industry. 
There  have  been  days  of  panic  and  prosperity.  The  house  of  Erastus 
Corning  &  Co.  has  endured  the  one  and  sustained  the  other.  He  finds 
himself,  in  the  close  of  this  long  and  busy  career,  with  very,  very  few  of 
those  who  commenced  business  with  him  yet  living  men.  Of  those  who 
gathered  around  the  table  of  the  Pearl  Street  Hotel,  and  who  there  re- 
presented the  mercantile  sagacity  of  the  state,  the  names  are  reduced  to 
brief  roll  call  who  survive.  But  these  were  the  men  who  gave  to  the 
business  of  New  York  such  vigor  and  honor  of  the  conduct  as  has  built 
the  golden  treasure  house  of  modern  wealth.  It  is  not  an  ordinary  hour 
which  chronicles  the  retirement  of  this  firm  —  and  it  is  of  its  happiness 
that  it  finds  the  head  of  the  house  now,  as  for  a  life  time,  the  same  calm, 

courageous,  firm  and  thorough  going  man  of  business Eliza  Reynolds 

died,  aged  26 Abraham  Higham  died  at  Utica,  aged  68. 

March  2.  Michael  Hughes  died,  aged  52 John  Wood  died,  aged 

65 Hannah,  widow  of  Amos  Fassett,  died,  aged  81 Julia  S.,  wife 

of  Calvin  Pepper,  died  at  Auburn Thomas  Mullins  died,  aged  53. 

March  3.  Mary  E.,   wife  of  Daniel  J.  Gladding,  died,  aged  41 

Nancy  Keeling  died John  Burns  died,  aged  65 Elizabeth,  wife 

of  Morgan  L.  Schermerhorn,  died  at  Milburn,  N.  J. 

March  4.  George  Liggett  died,  aged  48 Elizabeth  Michael  died, 

aged  81 James  Cahill  died,  aged  71. 

March  5.  The  ice  moved  down  the  river,  leaving  it  clear  as  far  as  could 
be  seen;  but  remained  firm  at  the  Castleton  bar  and  the  Nine  mile  tree, 
which  are  usually  the  last  points  to  give  way. 

March  6.   A  fire  at  an  early  hour  in   the  morning  destroyed  the  malt 

coffee  manufactory  of  White  &  Moore;  loss  about  14,000 Timothy 

Scott  died,  aged  59 Mary  Jones  died,  aged  52. 

March  7.  James  M.  Cheney  died,  aged  41 Catharine   Finn   died, 

aged  22 Mrs.  Maria  Parks  formerly  of  Albany,  died  in  Troy,  aged  41. 

March  8.  John  Heyden  died,  aged  80. 

March  10.  "Going,  going,  gone  !  "  The  auctioneer's  hammer  knocked 
off  the  fragments  of  the  stock  on  hand  at  the  bazaar,  and  closed  up  the 
business  of  the  concern!  The  structure,  which  rose  like  the  palace  of 
Aladdin,  as  sudden  and  as  beautiful  within,  disappears  as  quickly  as  it 
did,  under  the  magic  spell!  All  has  gone!  Qhe  trophies, thecuriosi- 
ties,  the  refectory,  the  pretty  waiter  girls.  Over  the  Troy  booth  is  written 
Ilium  fuit,  over  Scotland's  Lochahar  no  more.     The  Orientals  have 

Folded  their  tents,  like  Arabs, 
And  as  silently  stolen  away. 

The  long  tails  of  the  Japanese  are  not  "  to  be  continued  in  our  next." 
The  French  have  taken  French  leave  —  grisettes  and  duchesses,  peasant 
girls  and  all.  The  lion  and  the  unicorn  of  England  no  longer  fight  for 
crowns — or  dollars. 

The  harp  that  once  thro'  Tara's  halls 
The  soul  of  music  shed. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  191 

is  gone,  and  only  tlie  shed  is  left.  Winona  and  her  forest  train,  Meta- 
mora  and  his  braves,  are  off  to  other  hunting  grounds,  and  will  find  other 
game.  The  gipsy  queen  will  no  longer  tell  our  future  with  her  lips  and 
trouble  it  with  her  eyes. 

Tinsel  makes  an  easier  crown 
Than  the  proudest  kings  have  worn  ; 
Tho'  her  royal  sword  of  state 
Be  a  feeble  willow  wand, 
Courtiers  have  been  glad  to  wait 
For  the  pretty  gipsy's  hand. 

Schenectady  and  Kinderhook  have  gone  into  retirement;  and  Saratoga 
awaits  our  return  visit  at  her  spring  and  in  our  summer.  The  Yankees 
have  ceased  to  calculate  and  guess.  The  Germans  have  settled  up,  and 
now  await  to  see  if  the  Schleswig  Holstein  affair  can  be  settled  also ! 
The  Orange  hoven  of  Holland  has  dropped  for  the  nonce.  The  ladies  of 
the  Military  booth,  with  their  saucy  soldier's  caps,  the  cantinieres  and  the 
starry  host,  have,  like  dashing  white  sergeants,  gone  marching  away. 
Where  is  the  glory  of  Spain  ?  IDeparted.  Where  the  merry  Swiss  girls  ? 
Back  to  their  mountain  fastnesses.  What  is  all  this  lovely  vision  turned 
into?  It  is  a  poem  of  loveliness  turned  into  the  prose  of  one  hundred 
thousand  dollars !     And  that  is  the  end  of  it.     Was  ever  epic  or  episode 

so  well  translated? An  exciting  election   for  officers  of  the  Young 

Men's  Association  resulted  in  the  election  of  Samuel  Hand  for  president, 
and  the  whole  independent  ticket.     The  competition  grew   out  of  the 

negro  question James  H.  Terbush  died,  aged  21. 

March  11.  The  propeller  John  Taylor  arrived  from  New  York,  the  first 

boat  of  the  season Christine  E.  Nash  died,  aged  22. 

March  12.  Frederick  Degen  killed  by  being  run  over,  aged  64 

Patrick  Shearin  died,  aged  60. 

March  13.  John  Heck  died,  aged  19. 

March  14.  Rachel  Stewart  died,  aged  74. Catharine  Connelly  died, 

aged  60 John  Modot  died,  aged  65. 

March  15.  A  fire  destroyed  the   upholstery  establishment    of   David 
Shanks,   32   Green  street.      Loss  $12,000. 
March  16.  John  T.  Dudley  died,  aged  58. 

March  17.  The  anniversary  of  Ireland's  patron  saint  was  duly  observed 
in  this  city  to-day.  The  Hibernian  Provident  society,  the  Emmet  and 
the  Corcoran  guards  celebrated  the  event  by  a  parade,  and  attended  pon- 
tifical high  mass  in  the  Cathedral.  Services  were  held  in  the  various 
Catholic  churches  in  the  morning.  The  military  and  Hibernian  society 
turned  out  in  strong  force.  In  the  evening  the  annual  supper  of  the 
Hibernians  was  given  at  Stanwix  Hall,  which  was  largely  attended.  At 
St.  Patrick's  church,  in  the  Bowery,  the  panegyric  of  St.  Patrick  was 
delivered  by  the  Rev.  Father  Driscoll,  which  was  listened  to  by  a  large, 
audience.     Taking  it  all  in  all  the  day  was  well  observed  by  our  Hibernian 

friends,  and  every  thing  passed  off  in  the  best  possible  manner The 

new  steam  boat  St.  John  arrived  from  New  York.  This  magnificent  vessel, 
built  by  the  People's  line  for  the  express  purpose  of  running  between  this 
city  and  New  York,  reached  the  city  about  6  o'clock  in  the  morning. 
She  was  under  the  command  of  Captain  William  H.  Peck,  one  of  the 
oldest  and  ablest  steam  boat  captains  on  the  river,  and  a  gentleman  in  every 


192  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

way  qualified  to  command  this  magnificent  floating  palace.  On  the  boat 
there  were  three  hundred  state  rooms,  afl"ording  accommodations  for  one 
thousand  persons.  Besides  these  there  were  sixty  standee  berths,  each 
being  nearly  equal  in  size  to  an  ordinary  bedstead.  In  the  main  saloon 
were^two  bridal  chambers,  fitted  up  with  rose  wood  furniture  and  elegantly 
upholstered.  Money  had  been  lavished  upon  the  St.  John  withoutstint, 
for  the  furniture  throughout  was  of  the  costliest  description  and  designed 
for  the  comfort  and  convenience  of  the  passengers.  She  sat  as  graceful 
as  a  swan  upon  and  glided  through  the  water  with  apparent  ease  and 
almost  noiseless.  Captain  Peck  was  compelled  to  yield  to  the  pressure  of 
the  wishes  of  his  host  of  friends  and  open  his  truly  magnificent  vessel  to 
their  inspection.  It  soon  became  noised  about  the  city  that  the  St.  John 
was  to  be  seen,  and  from  the  moment  that  the  gang  plank  was  thrown 
upon  the  dock  up  the  time  of  leaving  for  New  York,  the  vessel  was 
thronged  with  spectators.  It  can  be  truly  said^  that  she  was  the  most 
magnificent  vessel  afloat.  She  was  a  world  within  herself,  with  all  the 
comforts  of  a  home.  Messrs.  John  English  &  Son  built  the  hull ;  the 
Allaire  works,  the  engine;  Mr.  John  E.  Hofi'mire  did  the  joiner  work,  and 
H.  C.  Calkins  the  copper  and  plumbing  ;  Barney  &  Styles  were  the  painters 
and  decorators.  The  steamer  is  a  splendid  testimonial  of  their  skill  in 
their  several  arts.  The  cost  of  the  steamer  was  about  $450,000.  The  St. 
John  will  return  again  to-morrow  morning,  when  all  who  may  desire  can 

pay  her  a  visit  of  inspection Richard  W.  Murphy  died Mary 

Macguire  died,  aged  19 John  Powers  died,  aged  52 John  Quirk 

died,  aged  49. 

March  19.  Lewis  D.Welch  died,  aged  38 William  J.  Warner  died 

at  Morristown,  N.  J.,  aged  57. 

March  20.  Mary,  wife  of  James  Kenny,  died,  aged  34. 
March  21.  A  motion  was  made  before  the  common  council  to  purchase 
the  Congress  Hall  property  for  the  use  of  the  state,  in  the  erection  of  a 

new  and^eularged  Capitol Judge  Abraham  Morrell,  for  many  years  a 

resident  of  this  city,  and  formerly  one  of  the  justices  of  the  justices' court 
of  this  city,  died  at  the  residence  of  his  son  in  Lansingburgh,  at  the 
advanced  age  of  79  years.  He  was  born  in  Schenectady,  January,  1785, 
entered  Union  College  at  the  age  of  fifteen,  and  four  years  subsequently 
graduated.  Shortly  afterwards  he  commenced  the  study  of  law  with  Hon. 
Daniel  Cady,  at  Johnstown,  Montgomery  county.  While  residing  there 
he  held  the  ofiices  of  county  judge  and  master  and  examiner  in  chancery. 
He  removed  to  this  city  in  1841,  and  after  a  short  residence  here  was 
elected  justice  of  the  justices'  court.  He  retired  from  public  life  in  1852. 
March  23.  Col.  Henry  Van  Rensselaer,  inspector  general  U.  S.  A.,  and 
son  of  the  late  patroon,  died  at  Cincinnati.  It  is  painful  to  see  how  wars 
cheapen  life.  Men  pass  out  of  existence,  in  the  din  and  bustle,  as  rain 
drops  disappear  in  the  ocean.  Ordinarily  such  a  man  as  Henry  Van 
Rensselaer,  a  son  of  our  late  honored  patroon,  himself  an  honor  to  his 
name  and  ancestry,  would  not  have  died  without  receiving  appropriate 
tributes.  Though  a  son  of  the  late  Stephen  Van  Rensselaer,  he  resided 
only  during  his  early  youth  in  Albany.  He  was  educated  at  West  Point, 
but  resigned  soon  after  he  graduated,  to  marry  a  gifted  and  accomplished 
dau"hte'r  of  the  Hon.  John  A.  King,  and  commenced  life  as  a  farmer  in 
St.  Lawrence  county,  where  he  became  an  enterprising,  useful,  and  much 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  193 

respected  citizen.  In  1840,  Mr.  Van  Rensselaer  was  elected  to  con- 
gress. When  the  rebellion  broke  out,  Mr.  Van  Rensselaer  hastened  to 
Washington,  tendering  his  services  to  his  country.  They  were  immedi- 
ately accepted.  His  first  service  was  with  Gen.  Scott,  as  aid.  When 
the  general  retired,  he  went  to  the  field,  and  has  been  actively  employed 
up  to  the  time  of  his  death.  Colonel  Van  Rensselaer  was,  in  its  truest 
and  best  sense,  a  gentleman.  Though  "  born  with  a  gold  spoon  in  his 
mouth"  he  felt  early  that  he  had  duties  to  perform  ;  and  preferring  in- 
dustry to  idleness,  marked  out  a  course  which  promised  usefulness  and 
reputation.  As  a  citizen  he  enjoyed  the  confidence  and  friendship  of  all 
good  men ;  and  as  a  soldier,  dying  in  the  service  of  his  country,  his 
memory  will  be  cherished  by  those  who  know,  as  we  do,  how  truly 
worthy  he  was  of  the  reward  due  to  a  patriot  and   a  soldier.  —  Journal. 

Rosina,   wife   of  Thomas    Lundy,  died,   aged  86. 

March  24.  Catharine   M.,  widow  of  William  S.    Wood,  died,  aged  64. 

Mary  McKissick  died,  aged  18 John  Doyle,  member  of  Co.    A, 

10th  regiment,  died,  aged  20 Nicholas  Coyle,  chief  engineer   of  the 

gun  boat  Norwich,  St.  John's  river,  Florida,  died,  aged  44. 
March  25.  Rosy,  wife  of  James  McCarthy,  died,  aged  48. 

March  26.  Jacob  Scheik  died,  aged  26 John   Curlin  was  shot  at 

the  barracks,  by  a  sentinel,  while   attempting  to  run  the  guard. 

March  27.  Rev.  John  N.  Campbell,  D.D.,  pastor  of  the  First  Presby- 
terian church,  died  of  pneumonia,  aged  66.  The  announcement  of  death 
even  when  expected,  comes  to  us  with  a  shock,  and  certainly  it  is  so 
when  the  arrow  falls  suddenly  upon  a  shining  mark,  as  it  has  just  done 
in  our  city.  Yesterday,  almost  at  the  moment  the  congregation  of  the 
First  Presbyterian  church  were  assembling  in  their  earthly  tabernacle 
the  spirit  of  their  pastor  was  being  carried  beyond  the  veil  into  the  pre- 
sence of  the  great  Jehovah.  The  Rev.  Dr.  John  N.  Campbell,  after  a 
few  days'  —  only  a  few  hours'  of  alarming  —  illness,  breathed  his  last 
just  before  the  hour  of  service  on  Sunday  morning.  His  congregation 
were  assembling  to  celebrate  the  last  sacrament  of  their  risen  Redeemer,  in 
which  their  pastor  had  made  every  preparation  to  participate.  Conse- 
quently it  was  an  occasion  of  peculiar  sacredness  and  of  holy  interest, 
and  the  startling  announcement  that  he  had  gone  from  them  forever  was 
indeed  overawing.  Dr.  Campbell  was  a  man  of  such  delicacy  of  physique 
as  seemed  incapable  of  resisting  the  wearing  influence  to  which  his  mind 
of  acumen  and  activity  subjected  it,  and  yet,  though  almost  his  whole 
life  had  been  that  of  an  invalid,  rarely,  scarcely  ever  did  he  allow  his 
ministerial  duties  to  be  interrupted  ;  and  if  prevented,  as  he  often  was 
because  of  his  feebleness,  from  accomplishing  the  more  arduous  avocations 
of  the  pastor,  his  teachings  from  the  pulpit,  his  admonitions,  his  warn- 
ings, were  never  neglected  —  they  were  as  constant  as  they  were  convinc- 
ing and  irresistible.  Dr.  Campbell  commenced  his  career  of  usefulness 
as  a  minister  in  and  citizen  of  Albany  so  long  ago  that  those  who  are 
now  among  its  influential  and  active  citizens,  were  then  lisping  the  first 
lessons  of  their  catechism.  He  has  identified  himself  with  the  progress, 
religious,  moral  and  morale  of  the  city  and  the  state,  and  even  the  cou^ntry.' 
He  was  ever  ready  to  aid  in  every  way  the  advancement  of  the  temporal 
as  well  as  the  eternal  interest  of  his  fellow-men.  He  had  long  been  an 
energetic  and  influential  member  of  the  board  of  Regents  of  the  Uqi- 
HisL  Coll.  a.  25 


194  Notes  from  the  Newsjpa'pers.  1864. 

versity,  and  the  liiglily  respectable  position  of  that  board  and  its  wide- 
spread'and  beneficial  influence  were  greatly  owing  to  his  untiring  efi'orts 
in  its  behalf.  In  Dr.  Campbell  were  added  to  the  power  of  a  vigorous 
intellect  the  polish  and  cultivation  of  the  finished  scholar ;  and  in  the 
church,  like  Massillon,  he  had  an  original  way  of  searching  the  human 
heart,  its  secret  passions  and  interests,  in  order  to  arrive  at  the  motives, 
and  to  combat  the  illusions  of  self  love  by  powerful  appeals  to  the  feelings. 
He  painted  the  passions  with  so  much  truth  and  such  irresistible  force, 
that  even  those  whose  vicious  tendencies  he  might  expose  to  the  noon- 
day glare  were  constrained  to  respect  and  admire  him.  A  week  ago  yes- 
terday afternoon  Dr.  Campbell  preached  his  last  sermon,  we  may  now  say 
his  funeral  oration,  for  he  selected  for  his  text  the  following  verse  from 
the  book  of  Revelation  :  "  And  I  heard  a  voice  from  Heaven  saying  un- 
to me  write.  Blessed  are  the  dead  which  die  in  the  Lord,  from  henceforth. 
Yea,  saith  'the   Spirit,  that  they  may  rest   from   their  labors,  and  their 

works  do  follow  them."  —  Journal Perhaps  there  has  been  nothing  yet 

written  of  Dr.  Campbell  more  appreciative  and   discriminating  than  the 
following,   from   the   Albany    correspondent  of    the  New  York  World  :^ 
Dr.  Campbell  came  to  Albany  about  1831,  assuming  the  pastoral  care  of 
the  First  Presbyterian  church,  the  oldest  of  that  organization  in  the  city. 
Around   him   a  welcoming  congregation  soon  gathered,  and   the  friends 
that  gave  him  that  reception  found  their  choice  justified  by  all  that  be- 
comes a  minister  of  the  gospel.     He  had  not   lowered  the  standard   of 
clerical   rioht  —  the  right  which  consists  in  a  faithful  and  zealous  guard 
over   the   purity  of  the  church,  and  a  long  series  of  events   justified  and 
approved  him.     He  was  a  preacher  of  remarkable  power.      It  had   its 
best  proof  in  this  well-known  fact.     He  always   occupied  his  own  pulpit, 
waving  aside  assistance  as  he  had  thrust  aside  interference,  and  for  those 
long,  long  years,  meeting   the  same  hearers  day  after  day,  and   yet,  the 
hushed  attention,  and  still  earnest  credit  that  marks  the  absorbed  and  the 
impressed,  were  in  every  hour  that  bespoke.     He  never  neglected  to  do 
whatever  he  had  to  do  in  the  very  best  way  that  it  was   in  his  power   so 
to  do.     He  gave   his   ministerial   service  the  best  of  himself,  and  in   this 
he   and  the   eloquent  Bethune   were  examples  and  models   to  all  those 
whose  high  place  it  is  to  preach  the  gospel.    Dr.  Campbell  never  preached 
the  themes  of  political  strife  or  question.     He  scorned  to  mingle  the  dust 
of  this  world  with  the   most  fine   gold  of  the   sanctuary  j  but  of  all  men 
most  fearless,  he   avowed  the  opinions  he  cherished  of  modern   men  or 
modern  events  with  courage  of  declaration  and   with  judgment  of  time 
and  place.     He   was  one  of  the  very  ablest  and  most  distinct  representa- 
tives of  the  old  school  of  Presbyterians,  not  using  that  designation  in  any 
partizan  or  temporary  sense,  but  in  its  historical  and  ecclesiastical  mean- 
ing.    Steadily  guarding  his  church  from  the  irresponsibility  of    Congre- 
gationalism he,  as  well,  believed  it  had  attained  the  just  degree  of  con- 
servatism, and  there  he  in  his  own  department  kept  it —  yes,  he  kept  it  — 
firmly  and  without  dividing  authority.     He  believed  (and   he  was_  right) 
that  the  authority  of  the  clergyman  comprised  all  the   order  of  its  wor- 
ship, as   well  the  organ  loft  as  the  pulpit,  and   he,  not  for  an  hour,  even 
permitted  the  weakness  of  a  diluted   direction.     A  gentleman  of  courtly 
rule    of  dress   and    conduct  —  precise,  neat,  orderly,  fastidious — he    se- 
cured the  respect  of  others  and  preserved  his  own.     He  was  the  concen- 


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trated  representative  of  the  minister  in  his  own  sphere,  and,  what  is   of 
intensely  more   worth  than  all  the  rest,  he  was  ever,  and  at  all  times  and 
under  all  circumstances,  the  minister  of  the  gospel  —  the  preacher  of  the 
one  all-universe  concentrating  truth  of  the  atonement.     As  regent  of  the 
university  he   was   assiduous,  bright,  persevering,   and   especially  to  the 
state  library,  its  building  and  its  management,  gave    ceaseless   attention  ; 
but  of  this  I  write  but  for  the  moment,  for,  in  my  judgment,  the  clergy- 
men may  wisest  give  all  such  duties  to  those  whose  lives  belong  to  litera- 
ture.    His   memory  is   most  vivid  in  excellence  as  in  his  own,  the  great- 
est of  all  the  professions  —  the  greatest   of  all  the  occupations  of  man- 
kind.    In  this  he   was  of  that  order  of  men  not   to   be  forgotten,  seldom 
to  be  seen.     There  is  earnest  and  heartfelt  grief  that  he  has  ceased  to  be. 
We  felt  that  one  of  those  had  left  ur  whose  life  was  interwoven  with    our 
own.     "Blessed  are  the  dead  that  die  in  the  Lord.''     Such    were   of  the 
last  words  which  were  text  for  his  sermon.     Unconsciously  he  was  speak- 
ing to  himself  the  words  we  utter  over  his  grave ;  and  with  these  words 
of  sacred  blessing  may,  in  the  truth  of  his  history,  be  blended  those  which 
Mary,  Queen  of  Scots,  said  of  John  Knox  :     "  Here   lies  one  who  never 
feared  the  face  of  man."  —  Sentinel Our  community  at  large  were  as- 
tounded yesterday  morning  by  the  sad  and  unlocked  for  intelligence  that 
the  Rev.  Dr.  Campbell  had  closed  his  earthly  career,  just  as  the  people 
were  about  assembling  in  their  respective  churches.     He  pi-eached  twice 
the  last  sabbath,  with  his  accustomed  ease,  nor  was  there  anything  to  in- 
dicate that  the  effort  was  at  all  injurious  to  him.     On  Monday  he  was  in 
his  usual  health,  and  spent  a  considerable  part  of  the  day  in  calling  upon 
his  friends  in  different   parts  of  the   city.     Monday  evening   he  stopped 
for  a  short  time  at   the  house  of  his  friend  and  physician,  Dr.  Boyd,  and 
though  not  apparently  much  indisposed,  he  expressed  the  opinion  that  he 
had  taken  cold.     The  next  day  the  doctor  was  called  in,  and  found   him 
with  a  violent  fever,  and  other  symptoms  indicating  pneumonia.     This 
state  of  the  system  continued  for  two  or  three  days;  but  when   the  dis- 
ease yielded,  it  was  found  that  the  system  had  not  vigor  enough  to  sustain 
itself.     From   this   time   he   sunk  rapidly,  and  during  his  last  hours  was 
too  feeble  for  any  intelligible  utterance.     Comparatively  few  of  his  friends 
in  the  city,  outside  of  his  own  congregation,  were  aware  that   he  was  not 
in  his  usual  health,  until,  as  they  were  on  their  way  to  church,  or  at  the 
church  door,  they  were  thrown  into  a  state  of  sad  amazement  by  hearing 
that  he  had  just  before  breathed  his  last.     Dr.  Campbell  became  the  pas- 
tor of  the  First  Presbyterian   church   in   this   city   in    September,  1831, 
having   previously  exercised   his  ministry  both  in    Petersburg,  Va.,  and 
in  Washington  city.     He  was  a  man  of  much  more  than  ordinary  powers, 
of  unusual   versatility  of  mind,   of  extensive  and   varied  culture,  of  re- 
fined and    gentlemanly  mannei-s,  and  of  great  strength   and   decision   of 
purpose.   He  had  an  uncommon  share  of  executive  ability,  and  performed 
much   valuable    service    beyond  the  limits  of  his  own  congregation.     He 
was  an  active  and  useful   member   of   the  board   of  regents  of  the  state 
of  New  York,    and  the  building  containing   the  State  library  is,  in   no 
small  degree,   a  monument  of    his   architectural   taste.     His  death  will 
leave  a  wide  chasm,  not  only  in  the  dwelling  which  his  presence   has   ir- 
radiated, not  only  in  the  congregation    who    loved  and  honored    him,  but 
in  every  institution   and  in  every  circle  with  which  he  has  been  more  im- 


196  Notes  from  the  Newsjpajpers.  1864. 

mediately  connected.  —  Argus Sarah,   wife   of  ^Frederick    Ingmire, 

died,  aged  64 James  Isdell  died,  aged  68. 

Marcli  28.  Catharine,  wife  of  James  Roach,  died,  aged  36 Louisa 

C.  Ball  died,  aged  29. 

March  30.  Daniel  A.  Cunningham  died  at  Nashville,  Tenn.,  aged  25, 
and  was  buried  at  Albany. 

March  31.  A  steam  fire  engine,  built  in  New  York  for  the  Beaverwyck 
Club  Steam  Fire  Association,  arrived  by  the  morning  boat,  and  was  placed 
in  the  house  prepared  for  it  in  Hudson  street.  Some  four  months  since 
a  number  of  gentlemen  of  this  city,  among  whom  were  several  prominent 
and  influential  members  of  the  fire  department,  met  together  for  con- 
sultation, the  result  of  which  meeting  was  the  formation  of  an  association. 
At  a  subsequent  meeting  a  number  of  other  gentlemen  were  admitted  as 
members,  and  the  association  adopted  the  name  of  the  Beaverwyck  Club. 
The  club  was  organized  by  the  election  of  the  following  named  gentlemen 
as  officers  :  John  McB.  Davidson,  president;  William  A.  Rice,  1st  vice 
president ;  Michael  Delebanty,  2d  vice  president ;  Thomas  Kearney,  trea- 
surer; William  G.  Weed,  secretary;  Barnet  C.  Humphrey,  actuary;  John 
McB.  Davidson,  Paul  Cushman,  Jacob  C  Cuyler,  William  A.  Rice,  La- 
fayette D.  Holstein,  William  H.Taylor,  Thomas  Kearney,  John  Kennedy 
Jr.,  Hale  Kingsley,  Michael  Delebanty,  Barnet  C.  Humphrey,  Daniel 
Shaw,  Hugh  J.  Hastings,  William  G.  Weed,  board  of  directors.  Officers 
in  fire  service  department :  Jacob  C.  Cuyler,  foreman  ;  William  Mix  Jr., 
1st  assistant;  William  J.  Shankland,  2d  assistant;  Edward  Leslie,  clerk. 
Soon  after  the  formation  of  the  association  a  contract  was  awarded  to  Mr. 
Joseph  Banks,  of  New  York  city,  for  the  construction  of  a  steam  fire  en- 
gine. Mr.  Leverich,  of  the  Ne^o  York  Leader,  who  is  a  practical  ma- 
chinist, and  has  been  superintendent  of  fire  apparatuss  of  the  city  of 
New  York,  for  the  last  seven  years,  assisted  the  builder  in  the  supervision 
of  the  work.  The  steamer  arrived  here  yesterday  morning  upon  the 
St.  John,  in  charge  of  the  builder  and  Chief  Engineer  McQuade,  and 
was  taken  to  her  house  by  the  members  of  the  fire  service  department, 
where  she  was  visited  by  a  large  number  of  citizens  during  the  day.  The 
house  is  located  in  Hudson  sti-eet,  in  the  rear  portion  of  tbe  property  of 
Gilbert  C.  Davidson,  Esq.,  the  whole  of  which,  including  Mr.  D's  resi- 
dence in  Beaver  street,  has  been  purchasedby  the  club,  and  will  be  taken 
possession  of  on  the  1st  day  of  May  next.  '  No  more  desirable  property 
than  this  for  the  purpose  could  be  found  in  this  city.  The  club  house  is 
elegant  and  capacious,  and  very  little  alteration  has  been  required  to 
make  the  engine  house  one  of  the  finest  in  this  or  any  other  city.  Its 
location  is  central,  and  the  hill  portion  of  the  city  can  be  easily  and 
promptly  reached  by  Hudson  street.  The  steamer  is  appropriately  named 
the  James  McQuade,  after  the  present  chief  engineer,  who,  it  is  univer- 
sally admitted,  has  brought  the  fire  department  of  this  city  up  to  a  scale 
of  efficiency  never  before  attained.  The  iMcQuade  was  built  by  Joseph 
Banks,  of  New  York,  after  the  most  approved  style  of  steam  fire  engines. 
Simplicity  of  construction  seems  to  have  been  the  design  of  the  builder, 
as  well  as  power  and  beauty.  She  works  as  light  and  airy  as  a  phaeton, 
and  moves  along  as  easily  as  our  lightest  hose  carriages.  The  weight  of 
the  engine  is  thirty-five  hundred  pounds,  exclusive  of  water  in  the  boiler. 
The  pump  is  nine-inch  stroke  by  four  and  a  half  dianieter,  and  the  steam 


1864.  Is otes  from  (lie  Newspapers.  197 

cylinder  eight  inches  by  the  same  stroke  as  the  pmnp.  The  boiler  is 
cased  in  silver,  ornamented  with  finely  finished  brass  mountings,  made  by 
the  best  workmen  in  the  country.  Every  part  of  the  engine  is  polished 
in  the  best  manner,  and  as  a  specimen  of  mechanical  skill  surpasses  any 
steam  fire  engine  ever  built.  The  lamps  were  made  in  Newark,  N.  J., 
and  were  presented  to  the  company  by  one  of  our  citizens.  Of  the  work- 
ing capacity  of  the  engine  the  builders  say  but  little,  as  they  intend  to 
try  her  to-day  and  let  the  result  show.  Still  it  is  but  just  to  say  that  on 
a  trial  given  to  a  committee  in  New  York  on  Monday  last,  she  threw  an 
inch  and  an  eighth  stream  over  two  hundred  feet.  Much  better  work  is 
expected  to  day.  The  company  are  not  yet  prepared  to  do  duty  with  their 
new  apparatus,  but  expect  shortly  to  enter  into  the  field  with  the  rest  of 
the  department,  and  do  their  share,  at  least,  of  preserving  the  city  from 
large  fires.  They  intend,  of  course,  to  become  a  part  of  the  incorpor- 
ated fire  department.  We  have  devoted  considerable  space  to  an  account 
of  this  steamer,  because  we  believe  her  advent  here  is  the  inauguration 
of  a  system  which  will  eventually  drive  out  the  hand  engine  as  certainly 
as  steam  is  more  efficacious  than  hand  power.  —  Times. 

April  1.  A  trial  of  the  steam   fire  engine  was  had  in  State  street,  and 

a  stream   thrown    130  feet  perpendicular  through  280  feet   of  hose 

Ann,  daughter  of   the   late   Giles  W.   Porter,   died Christopher   H. 

Boshen  was  killed  on  the  rail  road  at  St.  Johnsville. 

April  3.  William  J.  Dunn  died,  aged  35 Martin  W^.    Eysedorphe 

died,  aged  31. 

April  4.  The  St.  John  proved  to  be  as  fast  as  she  was  magnificent. 
Hitherto  the  Vanderbilt  had  been  deemed  invincible ;  but  she  was  dis- 
tanced by  the  St.  John.  Both  boats  left  their  docks  in  New  York,  Mon- 
day evening  at  4  minutes  past  six  o'clock.  They  moved  off"  side  by  side, 
and,  until  they  reached  Stony  Point,  the  Vanderbilt  succeeded  in  keeping 
in  the  wake  of  the  St.  John,  and  was  thus,  as  river  men  will  understand, 
practically  towed  by  the  latter.  At  Stony  Point,  the  St.  John  shook 
her  off,  and  left  her  miles  behind,  reaching  her  dock  in  this  city  in  eight 
liours  and  forty-four  minutes.  The  St.  John  had  on  board  besides  a  large 
crowd  of  passengers,  three  hundred  tons  of  freight — a  fact  which  ren- 
dered her  time  the  most  remarkable.  No  such  time,  with  such  a  load, 
was  ever  before  made  on  the  river.  The  following  is  the  memoranda  of 
this  extraordinary  passage  :  Yonkers,  Oh.  59m.  Stony  Point,  2h.  13m. 
West  Point,  2h.  59m.  Newburgh,  3h.  23m.  Poughkeepsie,  4h.  18m. 
Kingston,  5h.  lOm.  Albany,  8h.  44m Samuel  Gray  died,  of  paraly- 
sis, aged  55 Wm.  Barriskill  died,  aged  24 Mrs.   Lydia  ;_yander- 

lip  died,  aged  75 Charles  Cook  died,  aged  28. 

April  5.  Lydia  Ogler  died,  aged  18 Wm.  J.  Carroll  died,  aged  19. 

Dorcas,  wife  of  0.  M.  Bullis,  died,  aged  49. 

April  6.  Bobcrt  Server  died,  aged   58, Catharine,  wife   of  Angelo 

Barry,  died,  aged  38 Wm..  Klape  died Margaret,  wife  of  Pat- 
rick Baxter,  died,  aged  28. 

April  7.  Lafayette  D.  Holstein  died,  aged  38 Mrs.  Margaret  Mur- 
ray died,  aged  17. 

April  8.  Ann  Martin  died,  aged  44 Moses   Goodrich  died,  aged 

81 Mrs.  Johanna  Gleason  died,  aged  74 James  Robertson  died, 

at  Fort  Reno,  D.  C.,  while  on  a  visit  to  his  son  in  the  army,  aged  70. 


198  Notes  from  the  News]pa]^ers.  1864- 

April  11.  James  Lynch  died,  aged  21 The  new  Steam  boat  Mil- 
ton Martin  made  her  first  trip  from  Catskill,  and  was  said  to  be  the   finest 

boat  of  her  dimensions  on  the  river Col.  Lewis  Benedict  killed  at  the 

battle  of  Red  River,  aged  45. 

April  12.  Edward  H.  Peck  died,  aged  34. 

April  13.  A  bill  was  introduced  in  the  senate  for  the  erection  of 
a  new  Capitol.  The  bill  introduced  by  senator  Laimbeer,  appropri- 
ated ^100,000  for  the  commencement  and  prosecution  of  the  new  Capi- 
tol, and  the  necessary  expenses  attending  the  same.  The  first  section 
provides  that  whenever  the  city  of  Albany,  or  the  citizens  thereof, 
shall  deposit  with  the  commissioners  of  the  land  office,  a  good  and 
sufiicient  deed,  conveying  to  the  people  of  the  state,  in  fee  simple 
and  unincumbered,  all  that  certain  piece  or  parcel  of  land,  generally 
known  as  Congress  Hall  block,  in  the  said  city  of  Albany,  and 
bounded  northerly  by  Washington  avenue,  easterly  by  Park  [place, 
south  by  Congress  street,  and  West  by  Hawk  street,  and  furnish  the  pro- 
per evidence  that  the  common  council  of  Albany  has  closed  and  discon- 
tinued that  part  of  Park  street  south  of  Washington  avenue,  and  that 
part  of  Congress  (late  Spring)  street,  east  of  Hawk  street,  and  thereupon 
the  streets  so  closed  shall  become  the  property  of  the  state,  and  be  in- 
cluded in  and  form  a  part  of  the  Capitol  grounds,  the  governor  shall 
nominate  and  by  and  with  consent  of  the  senate,  appoint  a  board  of  three 
commissioners,  to  be  known  as  the  New  Capitol  Commission,  for  the  pur- 
pose of  erecting  a  new  Capitol  for  the  use  and  accommodation  of  the  ex- 
ecutive, legislative  and  judicial  departments  of  the  state,  and  such 
other  objects  and  purposes  as  may  be  connected  therewith.  The  com- 
missioners will  take  the  oath  of  office  and  file  the  same  in  the  office  of  the 
secretary  of  state,  and  proceed  immediately  in  such  manner  as  they  may 
deem  best  to  procure  the  requisite  plans  for  a  new  Capitol,  the  necessary 
accommodations,  &c. ;  and,  upon  the  approval  of  the  plan  or  plans  by 
the  commissioners  of  the  land  office,  shall  proceed  with  the  work.  The 
new  Capitol  shall  be  located  in  the  city  of  Albany,  upon  the  site  of  the 
present  Capitol,  and  ground  adjacent  thereto,  as  shall  have  been  secured 
for  that  purpose  and  conveyed  to  the  state.  The  present  Capitol  was 
not  to  be  removed  until  suitable  rooms  were  completed  in  the  new  building, 

for  the  accommodation  of  at  least  one  branch  of  the  legislature Mary 

Stewart,  wife  of  David  Gillen,  died,  aged  72 John  Bay  died,  aged  82. 

John  J.    Degrafi"  died,  aged  73 Margaret,  wife  of  Patrick 

Walsh,  died,  aged  32. 

April    14.    Catharine,  wife  of   John   G.    Angus,   died,  aged   41 

Henry  Osterhout  died,  aged  78. 

April  15.  John  McClusky,  who  died  at  Washington,  aged  28,  was 
buried  in  this  city John  Conners  died,  aged  23. 

April  19.   Mrs.  Mary  Mann  died,  aged  72. 

April  20.  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Rose,  aged  81. 

April  21.  Mrs.  Katie  M.,  wife  of  A.  J.  Wilde,    of  New  York,  died. 

A  meeting  of  working  men  was  held  at  the  City  Hall,  to  denounce 

a  bill  before  the  legislature  to  restrain  unlawful  acts  by  combinations 

The  printers  employed  in  the  establishment  of  Mr.  Munsell,  on  State 
street,  knocked  off  work  yesterday.  The  strike  was  caused  by  the 
introduction   by  Mr.  Munsell,  of  a  couple  of  young  ladies  into  said  estab- 


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lishment  to  work  at  the  case  at  book  work,  on  account  of  the  scarcity  of 
workmen,  a  great  number  having  volunteered  and  gone  to  the  war. 
There  were  nine  male  workmen  suspended  operations. —  Times.  Two  of 
the  strikers  went  to  work  in  other  offices  at  a  dollar  a  week  less  than  he 
had  paid  them. 

April  23.  Patrick  Riley  died,  aged  74. 

April  24.  Cornelia  Pruyn,  wife  of  Charles  Van  Zandt,  died Ser- 
geant Harrie  Booth,  late  of  Albany,  died  at  camp  Chris  Beck,  near  Mem- 
phis, aged  24.     He  was  in  the  7th  Indiana  Cavalry. 

April  26.  William   C  Wilson  died,    aged  44 Henry  B.    Mesick 

died,  aged  61 James  Welsh  died,  aged  74. 

April  27.  L.  Sprague  Parsons  died,  aged  5 Emma  Ernestine  Lodge 

died,  aged  19  years  and  8  months. 

April  28.  The  water  was  several  feet  above  the  dock,  and  early  in  the 
morning,  the  rain  of  several  days  continuance  turned  to  snow,  covering 
the  houses  to  the  depth  of  two  inches,  but  melting  on  the  earth,  as  it  fell. 
x\bout  12  o'clock  at  night  the  cabinet  manufactory  of  Xavier  Sen- 
rick  on  Dove  street,  was  destroyed  by  fire,  and  Mr.  Senrick  lost  his  life, 
aged  o9,  by  entering  the  building  while  it  was  in  flames. 

April  30.  The  malt  coflFee  manuftictory  of  White  &  Moore,  corner  of 
Bleecker  and  Quay  streets,  was  destroyed  by  fire,  loss  $25,000. 

May   1.  Alonzo  L.  Blanchard  died,  aged    65 Cornelius   McEner- 

ney  died,  aged  66. 

May  2.  Funeral  of  Col.  Lewis  Benedict,  attended  by  the  military  and 

firemen Robert   Clawson   died,  aged   71 Henry  Pattison   died, 

aged  25 Ann,  wife  of   Harry  Smith,  died,  aged   50 Catharine, 

wife  of  Conrad  Degan,  died,  aged  29 Wm.  H.  Morton  died,  aged  23. 

May  3.  Caroline  M.  Pemberton  died,  aged  28 Thomas  Kelly  died, 

aged  63 John    Harris  died,  aged  65 Capt.    Hercules   Hillman 

died,  aged  48 ..Elizabeth,  widow  of  Capt.  Wro.  Coughtry,  died. 

May  4.   Ann,  wife  of  Cornelius  Mulverhill,  died,  aged  25. 

May  5.  Wm.  J.  Reilley  died,  aged  27. 

May  6.  The  temperature  rose  to   85  in  the  shade,  after  a  long  spell  of 

wet  and  cold  weather Christian    Clark  died,  aged  85 John  Bar- 

riskill  died,  aged  56 Clinton  J.  Sheldon  died,  aged  23. 

May  7.  Rev.  S.  H.  Norton,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  atFredonia,  N.  Y. 

May  8.  Col.  James  Swift  died,  aged  42.  He  served  one  campaign  of 
three  months  as  Lieut.  Col.  of  the  25th  regiment,  and  another  three 
months  as  Colonel. 

May  9.   Fanny  Reynolds   died,   aged   28 Ground   was  broken   for 

the  Pearl  street  rail  road  to  Kenwood Charles Brice  was  killed  at  the 

battle  of  the  Wilderness,  in  Virginia,  aged  23. 

May  10.  Eveline,  wife   of  John   Campbell,  died,  aged  61 A  fire 

in  West  Ferry  street  destroyed  several  houses  and  a  valuable  horse 

Ann  Lush  died Gen.  James  C.  Rice  killed  at  Spott.sylvania,  in  Virginia. 

Simeon    H.    Mann  of    Co.   G,    121st  Reg.,  was  killed  also    in   the 

charge  in  the  battle  of  Spott.sylvania  Court  House,  while  on  the  top  of 
the  enemy's  breastworks. 

May  11.  Jane  Ann  Boyd,  wife   of  Thomas  C.    Flynn,  died,  aged  23. 

One  hundred  guns  were  fired  in  the  Park,  by  order  of  the  governor, 

for  our  victories  in  Virginia. 


200  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

May  14.  Eugene  Quackenbusli  died,  aged  29 John   Welsli  died, 

aged  41. 

May  16.  John  Kirnan  died,  aged  58. 

May  17.  Funeral  of  Charles  S.  Herrman,   member  of  Co.  B,  177th 

Reg.,  who  died  at  Bonnet  Carre John  Butler   died,  aged   50 

Jane,  widow  of  Henry  Guest,  died,  aged  96 Mary,  wife  of  Bartholo- 
mew Curtin,  died,  aged  58 Julia,  wife  of  James  Burns,  died  54. 

May  18.  Samuel  Watson  died,  aged  59. 

May  19.  The  funeral  of  Gren.  James  C.  Rice  took  place  at  the  resi- 
dence of  his  brother,  William  A.  Rice.  The  services  were  performed  by 
the  Rev.  Drs.  Palmer  and  Sprague.  The  body  was  then  conveyed  to  the 
Capitol,  where  it  lay  in  state  till  half-past  four,  when  the  military  funeral 

took  place Fanny  A.,    wife  of  Henry    Lansing,    died,   aged       

Harmanus  Augustus  Bowers  of  Co.  C,  177th  Reg.,  died  at   Friedericks- 

burgh,  of  wounds  received  in  battle Capt.  John  A.  Morris  was  killed 

at  the  battle  of  Spottsylvania,  aged  28. 

May  20.  Mary,  widow  of  Peter  Gr.  Van  Wie,  died,  aged  83. 

May  24.  Lieut.  William  E.  Orr,  of  the  7th  Artillery,  was  wounded  in 
battle,  and  died  soon  after,  aged  22. 
•     May  25.  James  Murphy  died,  aged  45. 

May  26.  Mary,  wife  of  Josiah  Conklin,  died,  aged  49. 

May  27.  A.  D.  Rosekrans  died,  aged  66 Deborah  Bleecker  died. 

Gilbert  Utter  died,  aged  64 T.Patrick  Skilly   died,  aged    26 

The  body  of  Daniel  Calhoun,  who  was  missed  since  the  previous  autumn, 
was  found  in  the  basin. 

May  28.  Mrs.  Maria  Jarvis,  formerly  of  Albany,  died,  aged  60. 

May  29.   Col.  John    Wilson    was    buried    with    military   honors 

Abraham  S.  Thornton,  of  the  7th  Artillery,  who   died   at    Washington, 

was  buried  from  the  Hudson  street  Baptist  church James  Hayes  died 

aged  31 The  lad  Kelly,  who  fell  down  the  rocks  at  Buttermilk   falls 

on  Sunday  afternoon,  received  a  severe  contusion  on  the  head,  which 
rendered  him  insensible  for  twelve  hours.  He  fell  a  distance  of  about 
seventy-five  feet,  and  it  was  a  great  wonder  that  he  was  not  instantly 
killed.     He  was  seeking  a  bird's  nest  at  the  time. 

May  30.  William  Douglass  Forsyth  died  in  New  York. 

May  31.   Mary  Downey,  wife  of  John  Mc  Cann,  died,  aged  30. 

June  1.  John  Malone  died,  aged  40. 

June  2.  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Henrj  Oliver,  died,  aged  37 Wm.  E. 

Orr,  acting  assistant  adjutant  general  of  7th  N.  Y.  artillery,  died  of 
wounds  at  Washington,  D.  C,  aged  23. 

June  3.  George  E.  Upjohn,  of  Co.  H.  Heavy  Artillery,  was  killed  at 
the  battle  of  Cold  Harbor,  Va.,  aged  21. 

June  4.  Col.  Lewis  0.  Morris  was  killed  at  the  battle  of  Cold  Harbor. 
Col.  Morris  was  the  commander  of  the  7th  N.  Y.  Heavy  Artillery,  and 
not  the  colonel  of  the  66th  as  reported.  Dr.  Vanderpoel  of  this  city, 
his  brother-in-law,  received  a  telegram  announcing  his  death,  and  stating 
that  his  body  had  arrived  at  Washington.  Col.  Morris  was  a  soldier  by 
birth.  His  father's  monument  in  our  cemetery  records  his  death  at 
Monterey,  leading  his  command,  after  an  honorable  career  in  the  regu- 
lar army.  In  consideration  of  the  services  of  the  father,  the  son  was  im- 
mediately commissioned    by  President  Polk,  in  the  regular  army.     He 


1864.  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  201 

acquired  position  there  ;  and  when  the  113th  regiment  was  raised  in  this 
city,  was  offered  the  colonelship.  His  regiment  was  among  the  rein- 
forcements ordered  to  Grant,  after  the  battles  of  the  Wilderness,  and  he 
was  acting  brigadier  general  when  he  fell.  The  Journal  pays  a  feeling- 
tribute  to  his  personal  character  :  Col.  Morris  was  no  ordinary  man.  His 
mind  naturally  vigorous,  was  strengthened  by  hard  study,  and  enriched 
by  liberal  culture.  Strong  in  will,  yet  winning  in  manners,  he  at  once 
commanded  the  respect  and  affection  of  those  under  his  command.  Al- 
though a  strict  disciplinarian,  he  was  idolized  by  his  men.  Cool  in  the 
hour  of  danger,  self-possessed  when  the  storm  of  battle  raged  fiercest,  he 
inspired,  by  his  example  encouraged  the  timid,  and  rebuked  the  cowardly. 
He  was  a  stranger  to  fear,  and  died  gloriously  in  the  field  and  in  the  face 
of  the  rebel  foe.  He  was  an  ardent  patriot,  loved  the  old  flag  more  than 
he  did  life,  and  went  into  the  war  for  its  defence  with  his  whole  heart. 
In  the  bright  roll  of  martyr-heroes  which  history  will  exhibit  to  the  ad- 
miration of  coming  ages,  few  names  will  shine  out  with  a  serener  splen- 
dor than  that  of  Col.  Lewis  0.  Morris. 

June  5.  Catharine,  wife  of  John  J.  Van  Alstine,  died,  aged  55 

Maria,  wife  of  Jacob   Grramm,  died,  aged  40 Edward   Garrett  died 

aged  28 Lemon  Eeynolds  died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

June  6.  Walter  D.  Leslie  died  at  Yorktown,  Va.,  aged  17,  and  was 
buried  at  Albany,  Oct.  26. 

June  7.  The  workmen  upon  the  Albany  bridge   drove  the  first   piles. 

Samuel  H.  Stewart  died,  aged  64 James  Haley  died Nicholas 

Williams  died  at  Ilichmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

June  8.  Arthur  Lyness  died,  aged  39. 

June    9.  Thomas   Kavanah   died,  aged    25 Michael    McDonouo^h 

died,  aged  25 Thomas  Costigan  died  at  Chestnut  Hill  hospital,  Phila- 
delphia, aged  23. 

June   10.   William  Ellis  died  at  Richmond,  Va.,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

June  11.  Funeral  of  Col.  Morris.  The  remains  of  this  gallant  youno- 
ofiicer  were  conveyed  from  the  residence  of  his  brother-in-law,  Dr.  Van- 
derpoel,  to  the  North  Dutch  church,  where  the  funeral  exercises  took 
place.  They  were  conducted  by  the  pastor,  the  Rev.  Dr.  Rufus  W^.  Clark 
and  were  solemn  and  impressive.  Among  those  in  attendance  at  the 
church  were  a  few  members  of  the  7th  artillery,  who  were  wounded  in 
the  recent  campaign  in  A-^irginia,  and  who  can  now  walk  by  the  aid  of 
crutches.  At  the  conclusion  of  the  services  in  the  church,  the  remains 
were  brought  out  and  received  with  military  honors  by  the  Twenty-fifth 
regiment,  under  command  of  Col.  Church.  The  remains  of  Col.  Morris 
were  then  conveyed  to  the  cemetery.  The  funeral  escort  consisted  of  the 
Twenty-fifth  regiment,  preceded  by  Schreiber's  band.  Then  followed 
the  funeral  car  druwu  by  six  grey  horses  plumed.  The  coffin  was  covered 
by  the  flag  for  which  he  lost  his  life,  and  adorned  with  white  roses.  The 
bearers  were  Generals  Rathbone  and  Vanderpoel,  and  Colonels  Baker 
Ainsworth,  Young  and  Harcourt,  flanked  by  a  detachment  of  the  Twenty- 
fifth  regiment,  and  followed  by  the  horse  of  the  deceased,  led  by  his 
groom.  The  mourners  were  followed  by  officers  and  soldiers  of  the  army, 
who  came  hither  to  pay  the  last  tribute  of  respect  to  the  brave  and  la- 
mented dead.  The  committee  of  arrangements  and  the  mayor  and  com- 
mon  council    followed   in    carriages,      The    streets    through   which   the 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  26 


202  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

funeral   cortege   passed  were   crowded  with  spectators,  and  grief  was  de- 
picted in  almost  every  coiintenance Isabella,  wife  of   B.  K.    Miller, 

and  daughter  of  Geo.  W.  Peckham,  late  of  Albany,  died   at  Milwaukie, 
aged  26. 

June   12.  A  hail  storm  at  11  o'clock;    some  of  the  hail  as   large   as 

walnuts Richard  Crozier  died,  aged  37. 

June  14.  John  Westover  died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 
June  15.  Major  Charles  E.  Pruyn,  of  the  118th,  was  killed  in  battle 
before  Petersburgh,  aged  23.     He  was  the  son  of  the  late  Samuel  Pruyn, 
entered  (he  army  as  a  lieutenant,  and  earned  his  promotion  by  courage  in 
the  field.     He  was  buried  on  the  27th. 

June  16.  Sarah,  wife  of  Andrew  Corcoran,  died,  aged  33. 

June  17.  J.  V.  Henry  McKown  died,  aged  32 John  Wallace  died, 

aged  35 John  A.Johnson  was  killed  in  charging   the  defences  at 

Petersburg. 

June  18.   Sarah  Niver  died,  aged  36 Samuel  W.   King  died 

Clara  Maria,  wife  of  John  Tweddledied Henry  Clay  Leslie  died  in  hos- 
pital at  Washington,   aged  19 George  Sanders,  Sergeant  of  Battery 

D,  7th  N.  Y.  Heavy  Artillery,  died   of  wounds  received  in  the  battle  of 
Cold  Harbor,  Va. 

June  19.  Samuel  R.  Swain  of  the  57th  Reg.,  N.  Y.  V.,  was  buried. 
He  died  at  Warrenton  Junction,  Va. 

June  20.  Capt.  Robert  H.  Bell  died.  Capt.  Robert  H.  Bell  of  the 
7th  Heavy  Artillery,  died  in  the  army  hospital  at  Washington,  on  Monday. 
He  was  wounded  in  battle  on  the  19th  of  May  last,  and  subsequently  un- 
derwent the  amputation  of  one  of  his  limbs  above  the  knee.  From  that 
moment  he  began  to  sink,  and  Monday  death  put  an  end  to  his  suifering. 
Capt.  Bell  was  one  of  the  first  to  volunteer  in  defence  of  his  country. 
When  Washington  was  threatened,  he  enlisted  in  Co.  R.  (A.  B.  C's, 
Capt.  Kingsley),  25th  Reg.,  as  a  private,  and  remained  with  it  until  it 
returned  to  this  city.  He  subsequently  re-enlisted,  and  from  merit  and 
deeds  of  valor  he  steadily  rose  until  he  gained  the  position  he  occupied 
when  he  was  shot  down  on  the  field  of  battle.  We  learn  by  a  telegram 
that  his  body  has  been  embalmed  and  will  be  forwarded  to  this  city  for 
interment.  Capt.  Bell  was  a  prominent  member  of  the  fire  department, 
at  one  time  being  foreman  of  engine  8 Henry  Glass  died  at  Rich- 
mond, a  prisoner  of  war. 

June  21.  The  New  York  Post  says  :  The  new  day  boat  Chauncey 
Vibbard,  Capt.  Hitchcock,  commenced  her  regular  trips  to  Albany  on 
Tuesday.  She  is  a  fine  vessel,  measuring  two  hundred  and  seventy  five 
feet  long,  and  thirty-five  feet  beam,  built  by  Lawrence  &  Folk  of  Brook- 
lyn. The  engines  make  about  twenty-five  strokes  a  minute,  and  give  the 
vessel  great  speed.  The  Vibbard  is  fitted  up  throughout  with  much  taste. 
The  Daniel  Drew,  which  runs  with  her,  makes  the  trip  from  West  Point 
to  New  York  in  two  hours  and  thirty  minutes.  These  boats  form  the 
popular  day  line  to  Albany.  The  following  will  show  the  time  of  the  Vib- 
bard, from  point  to  point,  on  her  first  trip  to  Albany  :  New  York  to 
Yonkers,  42m.  New  York  to  Hastings,  55m.  New  York  to  Caldwell, 
2h.  4m.  West  Point  to  Newburgh,  26m.  Newburgh  to  Poughkeepsie, 
44m.  Rhinebeck  toCatskill,lh.  6m.  Catskill  to  Hudson,  12im.  New 
York   to  Albany,  deducting  time  at  landing,  71  hours.      Chief  Engineer 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  203 

Gage  feels  confident  that  he  can  make  the  trip  in  an  hour's  less  time, 
when  everything  is  in  perfect  order. 

June  22.  Mary  J.,  wife  of  John  S.  Perry,  died,  aged   38 George 

L.  Webster  died,  aged  36. 

June  23.   Katie  Agnes  Farrell  died,  aged   17 Lieut.   John   Nolan 

of  the  155th  Reg.,  mortally  wounded  at  the  battle  before  Petersburg, 
died  in  hospital,  at  Annapolis,  aged  33. 

June  21.  Wm.  Van  Gaasbeek  a  member  of  the  Eleventh  Artillery 
(Havelock  Battery),  died  on  Morris  Island,  near  New  York.  On  the 
12th  inst.,  he  was  wounded  in  the  arm  by  a  rebel  sharpshooter,  and  after- 
wards suffered  amputation  of  the  limb  at  the  shoulder  blade.  Although 
he  received  every  attention,  his  physician  could  not  rally  him,  and  he 
sank  steadily  and  calmly  into  the  slumbers  of  death.  He  was  a  young 
man  possessed  of  many  social  and  agreeable  qualities,  and  beloved  by 
his  comrades.  He  was  a  brave  and  accomplished  soldier,  and  enlisted  in 
the  defence  of  his  country  with  mingled  feelings  of  patriotism  and  justice. 
His  death  will  cast  a  gloom  over  a  large  circle  of  relatives  and  friends  in 

this  city,  by  whom  he  was  loved  and  beloved Eliza  Jane  Williamson, 

wife  of  George  Sanders,  (whose  death  occui-red  on   the  18th),  died 

Thomas  Smith  Jr.,  Co.  B,  Berdan's  Sharp  Shooters,  died  at  City  Point 
hospital,  Va.,  aged  21.  He  was  wounded  in  a  skirmish  before  Peters- 
burg on  the  16th Temperature  in  some  localities  as  high  as  99  de- 
grees in  the  shade. 

June  25.  Joseph  Cahill  died,  aged  45. 

June  26.  The  funeral  of  the  late  Capt.  Bell,  Seventh  Artillery,  took 
place  yesterday  afternoon,  from  the  house  of  Engine  Co.  No.  8.  It  was 
an  imposing  and  impressive  scene.  The  coffin  was  placed  on  a  raised 
dais,  on  an  open  catafalque,  over  which,  from  each  corner, sprung  an  arch 
of  evergreens,  from  the  centre  of  which  were  suspended  a  figure  8,  com- 
posed of  immortelle.  The  coffin  was  shrouded  with  the  starry  banner 
for  which  he  "  nobly  fighting  fell."  The  cataftilque  was  drawn  by  four 
gray  horses,  plumed,  preceded  by  Schreiber's  band,  and  the  entire  fire 
department  (in  citizens'  dress),  under  the  direction  of  Chief  McQuade, 
as  also  members  of  the  Masonic  fraternity.     The  body  was  placed  in   the 

cemetery  receiving  vault Thermometer  103  degrees  in  the  shade 

William  Brainard  died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

June   27.  Mary  Reenen,  wife  of  Christopher  Benniuk,  died,  aged   26. 

June    28.   Catharine,  wife   of   James   Finnegan,  died,    aged   66 

Maria  Dunn,  wife  of  Thomas  Foley,  died,  aged   27 Sergt.    Alex.   D. 

Rice  of  the  7th  artillery,  died  in  the  hospital,  at  Washington,  of  wounds 
received  in  battle  before  Richmond,  aged  26. 

June  30.  Bridget,  wife  of  Michael  Blanch,  died,  aged   27 George 

E.  Seaton  died,  aged  41. 

July  1.   Louisa  A.  Roof  died,  aged  18 Mrs.  Maria,  widow  of  Alonzo 

D.  Blanchard,  died,  at  Salem,  Washington  Co.,  aged  63,  and  was  buried 
in  Albany. 

July  2.   Thomas  O'Rourke  died,  aged  50 James  Burns  died,  aged 

22 John  Mooney  died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

July  3.   Hugh  McDonell  died,  aged   30. 

July  4.  Edgar  Doolittle  died,  aged  18 James  McDonald  late  of  the 

Eagle  street  Hotel,  died  of  injuries  received  by  the  upsetting  of  a  stage 


204  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

July  6.  James  Bennet  died,  aged  71.." Mary,  widow  of  Christoplier 

Hepinstall,  died Oscar  H.  Boyd  died  at  Sau  Francisco,  aged  48 

Daniel  E.  Swart  died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

July  7.  Robert  A.  Fitzgerald  died,  aged  45. 

July  8.  Under  the  obituary  head  this  morning  will  be  found  chroni- 
cled the  death  of  two  aged  and  respected  citizens.  Abram  Covert  and 
Charles  Pohlman.  The  former  for  many  years  carried  on  a  morocco  man- 
ufactory in  this  city.  He  was  a  man  of  the  strictest  integrity,  and  a  de- 
voted Christian.  He  died  at  the  ripe  age  of  79  years.  The  latter  is 
well  known  to  our  firemen.  At  every  fire  that  has  occurred  in  the  city 
during  the  past  thirty  years.  Old  Pop  Pohlman,  as  he  was  familiarly  known, 
would  be  found  battling  with  the  flames  and  endeavoring  to  save  pro- 
perty. He  was  employed  by  the  insurance  companies  to  look  to  their 
interests  in  case  of  fire,  and  he  performed  that  duty  well.  He  will  be 
greatly  missed  by  our  firemen  who  "  will  never  look  on  his  like  again." 
—  Express Charles  Pohlman  died,  aged  61. 

July  11.  William  B.   Grourlay  died,  aged  49 Marcus  T.  Reynolds 

died  aged  76. 

July  12.  Mrs.  Cyntha,  wife  of  Joel  Munsell,  Sen.,  died,  aged  82 

Col.  James  J).  Visscher  was  killed  in  battle  before  Washington,  aged  36, 
and  was  buried  in  Albany,  July  24. 

July  13.  Joseph  Chatterson  died,  65 John  Van  Leuvan  of  Co.  Gr. 

N.    Y.    Cavalry,  died    of   wounds  at  Travillion's  station Mrs.  Mary 

Home  died,  aged  86. 

July  14.  Dowd  B.  Gardner  died,  aged  67. 

July  15.  John  A.  Fee  died  of  wounds  received  in  battle  at  Petersburg, 

Va.,  aged  28,  and  was  buried  at  Albany  on  the   22d Abraham   Van- 

denburgh  died  at   Fortress  Monroe,  aged  45 Jacob   Burth  died  at 

Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

July  17.  Joseph  Cooke  died,  aged  72 Genevieve,  wife  of  D.   B. 

Tunniclifi",  died,  aged  39. 

July  18.  Frances  A.  Knowlton  died,  aged  17 Philip  Smith  died, 

aged  80. 

July  19.  The  91st  regiment  returned  about  9  o'clock  in  the  evening, 

and  was  met  by  an  immense  concourse  of  citizens  at  the  depot John 

Moore  died,  aged  22. 

July  20.  Despatches  to  the  Rebel  war  department  from  General  Hood, 
in  command  of  the  Rebel  army  at  Atlanta,  announce  the  death  on  this 
day  of  Major  General  W.  H.  T.  AValker.  General  Walker  was  formerly 
a  resident  of  tliis  city,  and  married  the  youngest  daughter  of  the  late 
Isaiah  Townsend,  and  sister  of  Hon.  Franklin  Townsend  and  Provost 
Marshal  Frederick  Townsend.  At  the  breaking  out  of  the  rebellion  Gen. 
W.  resided  at  Atlanta,  and,  renouncing  allegiance  to  the  government  of 
the  United  States,  entered  the  Rebel  army.  He  was  formerly  an  ofiicer 
in  the  United  States  army,  and  was  about  fifty  years  of  age.  He  was 
born  in  Georgia,  entered  the  West  Point  Military  Academy  in  1883,  and 
graduated  in  1837,  standing  nearly  at  the  bottom  of  his  class.  He  entered 
the  United  States  army  as  a  brevet  second  lieutenant  of  infantry,  on  July 
2,1837,  and  was  attached  to  the  sixth  regiment.  At  the  end  of  the 
month  he  received  his  full  rank  of  second  lieutenant.     He  then  went  to 


1864.  Notes  from  tlie  Newspapers.  205 

Florida,  and  in  the  battle  of  Okeechobee,  on  December  25,  1837,  was 
wounded  severely  in  three  places.  For  his  gallantry  and  good  conduct 
in  that  battle  he  was  brevetted  first  lieutenant  from  that  date,  receiving 
his  full  rank  on  February  1,  1888.  He  resigned  the  service  on  October 
31,  1838  ;  but  after  an  absence  of  two  years  was  induced  to  reenter  the 
service.  He  was  therefore  reappointed  first  lieutenant  of  the  sixth  inftmtry 
on  November  18,  1840,  his  rank  to  date  from  February  1, 1838.  By  this 
plan  he  was  enabled  to  gain  the  promotion  to  a  captaincy  on  November  9, 
1845,  instead  of  at  a  later  period.  He  served  in  Mexico,  and  was  bre- 
vetted major  on  August  20,  1847,  for  gallant  and  meritorious  conduct  at 
Contreras  and  Cherubusco.  He  was  severely  wounded  in  the  battle  of 
Molino  del  Rey,  during  the  storming  of  the  works  on  September  8,  1847, 
and  was  brevetted  lieutenant  colonel  from  that  date.  During  July.  1854, 
he  was  appointed  commandant  of  cadets  at  West  Point,  and  on  the  3d  of 
March,  1855,  was  promoted  to  the  rank  of  major  of  the  tenth  infantry. 
On  the  20th  December,  1860,  he  resigned  the  United  States  service  and 
returned  to  Georgia,  where,  although  the  first  to  leave  the  United  States 
service  for  the  cause  of  the  llebels,  he  was  allowed  to  remain.  After 
being  neglected  for  some  time  he  was  appointed  a  brigadier  general  of  the 
provisional  Rebel  army,  and  during  June,  1863,  was  promoted  to  major 
general.  He  commanded  a  division  of  Hardee's  corps,  and  was  shot 
through  the  foot  in  the  engagement  near  Dallas,  Georgia,  June,  1864.  — 

Express Samuel  Patten  died,  aged  45 Esther,  wife  of  Matthew 

Burton,  died,  aged  82 Ida,  wife  of  Isaac  May,  died. 

July  22.  Captain  John  Fee,  of  the  4Sth  regiment,  was  buried.     He  had 

been  foreman  of  Engine  Company  No.  7 Edmund   S.   Herrick  died, 

aged   68 Charles   Reynolds  died,  aged  66 William  C.  Feltman 

died Susan,  wife  of  John  Grounds,  died,  aged  47. 

July  28.  Bishop  3IcCloskey,  on  leaving  Albany  for  New  York,  reviewed 
his  17  years'  work.  When  Albany  was  first  erected  into  a  see,  there 
were  within  its  limits  only  between  40  and  50  churches,  between  30  and 
40  priests  and  a  Catholic  population  not  exceeding  some  60,000.  The 
Catholic  churches  now  number  more  than  100,  and  the  older  churches 
have  been  enlarged  and  beautified.  Meantime  the  number  of  priests  has 
increased  to  about  90,  while  the  Catholic  population  has  augmented  to 
nearly  200,000.  Where  there  were  but  2  asylums  for  orphans  there  now 
are  8 ;  besides  a  hospital.  Now  there  are  4  religious  orders  where  there 
were  none  before,  viz  :  Jesuits,  Franciscans,  Augustinians  and  the  Peres 
Oblats  ;  twenty  priests  more  in  number,  zealously  cooperating  with  the 
devoted  secular  clergy  in  the  work  of  missions.  There  are  now  as  many 
as  40  Christian  brothers  charged  with  the  education  of  youth  in  the  asy- 
lums and  schools  in  the  three  largest  cities  of  the  diocese.  Of  communi- 
ties of  religious  women  there  are  now  six  —  the  Sisters  of  Charity,  Sisters 
of  St.  Joseph,  Sisters  of  St.  Francis,  the  Grey  Nuns  from  Canada,  Ladies 
of  the  Sacred  Heart  and  Sisters  of  Mercy,  laboring  with  and  training  the 
young  in  almost  every  portion  of  the  diocese. 

July  24.   Mrs.  Elizabeth  Kibbee  died,   aged  75 John  W.  Baker 

died  at  Richmond,  a  prisoner  of  war. 

July  25.  Richard  Gay  died,  aged  00 John  Finnigan  died,  aged  38. 

July  26.  As  Gen.  A.  Douw  Lansing,  was  walking  in  Broadway,  yes- 
terday about  5  o'clock  p.  m.,  he   became  suddenly  faint,  and    was   taken 


206  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

into  the  store  of  J.  H.  Rice,  corner  of  Broadway  and  Orange  streets, 
where  restoratives  were  administered  and  medical  aid  sent  for.  He  con- 
tinued insensible  ;  and  on  the  arrival  of  Dr.  Barent  P.  Staats,  a  few 
minutes  after,  it  was  ascertained  that  he  had  ceased  to  live.  Few  men 
were  more  widely  known  or  better  loved,  in  this  vicinity,  than  Gen.  Lan- 
sing. For  more  than  forty  years  he  has  had  almost  exclusive  charge  of 
the  large  Manorial  estates  of  the  Van  Rensselaers,  and  had,  in  many 
ways,  been  interested  in  the  business  affairs  of  Albany,  and  its  neighbor- 
hood. He  was  a  just  and  generous  man,  a  good  citizen,  a  christian  in  all 
the  walks   of   life,  and   aiiectionately  loved   in   the   circle   of  family  and 

friends Andrew  D.  Lansing  died,  aged  68 x\  meeting  of  officers 

of  colleges  and  academies,  in  this  state,  was  held  at  the  Capitol,  under 
the  name  of  University  Convocation  of  the  State  of  New  York,  for  mu- 
tual  consultation   respecting   the   cause   of    education,  and   a  permanent 

organization  was  formed Mary  Coleman  died,  aged  26. 

July  27.  Susan  Horner,  wife  of  George  W.   Carlon,  died Gilbert 

Anderson  died,  aged  71. 

July  28.  Aaron  D.  Patchen,  formerly  cashier  of  the  New  York  State 
Bank,  died  at  Buffalo.  He  was  born  in  Hoosick,  in  this  state,  in  1808. 
Left  when  a  boy  the  head  of  a  poor  family,  he  so  deported  himself  as  to 
conciliate  respect  for  himself  and  them.  He  proved  himself  a  sterling 
man  of  business.  He  won  the  confidence  of  capitalists,  and  as  a  banker, 
has  filled  with  credit,  several  positions  of  great  trust,  when  he  removed 
to  Buffalo  in  184-J:.  His  career  among  us  is  well  known.  His  extraordi- 
nary capacity  as  a  financier,  his  wonderful  quickness  of  perception,  and 
versatility  of  resource,  and  his  daring  and  indomitable  energy  were  well 
proven  in  the  long  closing  struggle  of  his  business  life.  In  his  domestic 
relations  he  was  kind,  judicious,  firm.  His  nature  was  genial,  his  ad- 
dress was  easy,  his  manners  pleasing,  and  he  always  succeeded  in  society. 
Like  most  men  devoted  to  business  he  was  truly  known  to  but  a  few,  but 
those  who   knew   him   truly,  admired  and   respected   him,  and   there   is 

among  us  much  sincere  mourning  for  his  death Eliza,  wife  of    Wm. 

J.   Mack,  died,  aged  30. 

July  29.  Elizabeth  Moore  died,  aged  79 Neil  McLean,  wounded 

in  the  battle  of  the  Wilderness,  died  of  his  wound  in  the  hospital  at  Al- 
exandria, aged  47. 

July  31.  The  droiight  of  1864  may  justly  be  considered  one  of  the 
most  severe  that  has  prevailed  in  this  country  for  many  years.  From 
the  27th  of  May  to  the  24th  of  July,  inclusive,  a  period  of  59  days,  only 
two  inches  and  forty-three  hundredths  of  rain  fell.  The  rains  of  July 
were  on  the  2d,  a  quarter  of  an  inch,  on  the  8th,  a  fifth  of  an  inch,  and 
on  the  night  of  the  10th,  an  eighth  of  an  inch  —  all  insignificant.  Then, 
on  the  25th,  from  4  to  11  a.  m.,  two  and  one  tenth  inches  fell,  the  value 
of  which  was  incalculable.  The  drought  severe  as  it  has  been,  has  prob- 
ably not  been  as  disastrous  as  some  of  those  of  preceding  years,  as  the 
nights  have  been  almost  invariably  cool  up  to  within  the  last  few  days, 
and  the  dews  have  been  in  consequence  remarkably  copious.  By  way  of 
comparison,  the  following  table  of  some  of  the  droughts  in  this  vicinity 
during  past  years  is  given. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspax^ers.  207 

1843  —  May  and  June,  61  days, 2-44 

18^^  —  August  and  September,  55  days, : .'.".'.2:42 

1846  —  August,  September  and  October,  47  days, 0-89 

1847- April  and  May,  53  days, ."..'.*.'.'.' .'."l:D4 

1848 — April  and   May,  58  days, '.'.'.'.',! 2-09 

1848  —  July,  August  and  September,  50  days, .'...'l:55 

1849  —  June   and  July,  50  days, ........1-42 

1851 — July,  August  and  September,  69  days, 2:14 

1854  —  July,  August  and  September,  45  days,. .1:13 

1856  —  June,  July  and  August,  60  days, '. '.!!."!!!.'2:60 

1864  —  May,  June  and  July,  59  days, !.!.!2:43 

This  drought  continued  until  August George  E.  Cady  long  propri- 
etor of  Cady's  Hotel  in  Broadway,  corner  of  Orange  street,  died,  aged  60. 
Alexander  Gray  died,  aged  77 James  Freeman  died  72. 

Aug.  2.  Alexander  Niblock  died,  aged  74 Lawrence    Kirby  died 

aged  55 Anna  Katharina  Shadier  died,  aged   53 Ann    wife  of 

Thomas  Barren,  died,  aged  30 Edwin    C.  Goldwaite  died,  aged  19 

John  Finn  died. 

Aug.  4.  The  following  is  a  statement  of  the  capital,  the  par  value  of 
shares,  and  the  prices  at  which  the  stock  last  sold,  of  the  several  Albany 
Insurance  Companies  named  : 

.  ,,  ^,9^PI*^^^-  ^^"^  ^^^'^^  of  shares.  Latest  price  of  stock. 

Albany,  $150,000  50  160 

Albany  City,  ...  200,000  100  145 

Commerce, 200,000  100  140 

......Mary,  wife   of  Barney  Leddy,  late  of  Albany,  died   at  Bath,  Rens- 

^^'^^^;  C«-'   «g«fl    26 Catharine,  widow  of  Nathaniel   Davis,   died   at 

Elizabeth,  N.  J.,  aged  84 John  Frus  died,  aged  22 Price  Price 

died,  aged  53. 

Aug.  7.  Ludwig  Schaffer  died,  aged  53. 
_  Aug.  8.  Harrison  G.  Clark  died  at  Madison,  Ind.,  aged  27....     Chris- 
tian Scheidler  died,  aged  26.     He  was  one  of  the  first  volunteers  in  the 
war,  and  served  in  the  Virginia  campaign  in  the  25th  regiment. 

Aug.  9^  James  O'Hara  committed  suicide  by  drowning,  aged  63.  He 
walkedoff  a  boat  lying  between  Maiden  lane  and  Columbia  street,  into 
the  basin.  He  shouted  for  help,  and  was  rescued  from  drownino-  by  of- 
ficer Martin.  The  old  man  was  then  placed  in  charge  of  a  boy  named 
Uugan,  who  knew  him,  and  he  promised  to  go  home.^  He  walked  alon- 
Quay  street  a  short  distance,  when  he  pushed  the  boy  from  him,  crossed 
the  Quay,  and  again  walked  ofi"  the  dock  and  was  drowned.  He  had  re- 
cently returned  from  Ireland,  and  had  disposed  of  all  his  property  This 
act  lie   had   since   regretted,  and   it  is  supposed  that   this,  together  with 

close  application  to  reading,  had  impaired  his  mind  and  health John 

Sheridan  died,  aged  49 Mrs.   Janet  P.    Smith,  daughter  of  the   late 

b.  J.  Penniman,  died  at  Newburg. 

Aug.   10.  Ebenezer  McGregor^died,  aged  42. 

Aug^  11.  Stephen  J.  Rider  died,  aged  76 Asher  P.  Hackleydied, 

aged  ^6 Nelson  H.  Childs  died,  aged  39, 


208  Notes  from  the  News])apers.  1864. 

Aug.   13.  Ann  Wolohan  died,  aged  65. 

Aug.  14.  William  John   Moore  died,  aged  38. 

Aug.   15.  Sherlock  Rodgers  Jr.,  died,  aged  32. 

Aug.  16.  Michael    Kilfoil   died,  aged   58 Warner    Wilson   died, 

aged  43. 

Aug.  17.  Jane,  wife  of  Philip  Holten,  died,  aged  37. 

Aug.  18.  Luke  McKeone  died,  aged  66 Jacoh  Hidel  died,  aged  46. 

Aug.   19.  Christopher  Foley  died,  aged  23. 

Aug.  20.  William  Webster   died,  aged  85 John   Meigs  for  many 

years  high  constable  of  this  city,  and  a  terror  to  evil  doers,  died  at  Ja- 
maica, L.  I.,  aged  80. 

Aug.  21.    George    Lawrence   died,  aged   68 Margaret  E.  Lawlor, 

wife  of  Edward  Welch,  died,  aged  28. 

Aug.  23.   Michael  Gilmartin  died,  aged  88. 

Aug.  24.  The  board  of  supervisors  oflered  a  bounty  of  $900  for  re- 
cruits, which   added   to   the  state  bounty   made    $1,500 Henry  D. 

Brower  was  killed  at  the  battle  of  Ream's  Station,  aged  24. 

Aug.  25.  Capt.  Nathaniel  Wright  of  the  7th  N.  Y.  Heavy  xirtillery, 
was  killed  in  the  battle  of  Ream's  Station.  Nattie,  as  he  was  called  by 
his  many  friends,  was  at  the  time  of  the  organization  of  his  regiment,  in 
the  employ  of  Woodward  &  Hill,  as  salesman,  a  situation  he  filled  satis- 
factorily for  over  ten  years  ;  but  in  July  1862,  when  the  national  cause 
looked  cloudy,  he  decided  to  stay  at  home  no  longer,  and  united  with 
Capt.  Bell  in  raising  a  company  for  our  113th  regiment.  He  has  passed 
througli  all  the  terrible  fights  unscathed,  in  which  his  command  has  been 
engaged  subsequent  to  the  crossing  of  the  Rappahannock  on  the  17th  of 
May  last,  only  to  lay  down  his  life  now  with  the  countless  braves  who 
have  gone  before  him.  The  deceased  was  about  27  years  of  age,  and  was 
a  nephew  of  the  late  Nathaniel  Wright.  The  grass  which  shall  grow 
green  over  the  graves  of  those  killed  in  this  confiict  will  wave  over  no 
more  generous  hearted  friend  or  true  patriot  than  Capt.  Nathaniel  Wright. 
Susan  C.  Flynn,  wife  of  James  Mimney,  died Maggie  B.  Mil- 
ler died,  aged    27 Mrs.   Mary  Ballantiue  died,  aged  77 Michael 

Brannigan   died,  aged  59 Maj.    Edward   A.   Springsteed  of  the    7th 

Artillery,  was  killed  at  the  battle  of  the  Weklon  rail  road,  in  Virginia, 
where  he  was  senior  officer  of  the  regiment,  and  in  command  of  it. 

Aug.  26.  Daniel  Garrity  died,  aged  30. 

Aug.  26.  Many  of  our  citizens  were  awakened  Saturday  morning 
about  two  o'clock,  by  a  discharge  of  Heaven's  artillery.  It  was  sudden, 
startling  and  almost  of  a  deafening  character.  Those  who  have  been  on 
the  battle  field  compare  it  to  the  bursting  of  a  fifteen  inch  shell,  the  re- 
port and  rumbling  sound  after  the  explosion  being  similar  to  the  bursting 
of  the  shell  and  the  scattering  of  the  fragments  in  the  air.     The  like  of 

it  has  not  been  heard  here  in   a   long  time There   were  108    persons 

confined  in  the  county  insane  asylum Charles  Donahoe  died,  aged  43. 

Michael  Quirk  died,  aged  25. 

Aug.  28.  This  morning  Rev.  Dr.  Sprague  announced  to  his  congrega- 
tion that  that  day  was  the  35th  anniversary  of  his  connection  with  that 
church  as  its  pastor.  He  referred  to  the  circumstance  in  appropriate 
and  touching  language,  stating  that  but  few  were  then  occupying  pews 
before  him,  who    were   present   at  his    installation,  thirty-five  years  ago. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  209 

Great  changes  had  transpired  within  tliat  period.  He  congratulated  the 
congregation  upon  their  flourishing  condition  and  said  it  afforded  him 
pleasure  to  announce  that  funds  had  been  secured  for  the  erection  of  a 
new  and  commodious  lecture  and  sabbath  school  room.  The  arrangements 
for  the  building  were  so  nearly  completed,  that  the  structure  would  soon 
be  commenced.  The  discourse  was  an  able  and  eloquent  one,  and  was 
delivered  with  marked  vigor  and  force.  We  trust  the  venerable  gentle- 
man will  be  spared  many  years  to  minister  to  his  admiring   congregation. 

I^iary,  wife  of  John  Dunnigan,  died,  aged  32. 

Aug.  29.  Jacob  Boyser  died,  aged  53 Justin  R.  Huntly  of  Co.  E, 

44th  llcg.,  died  at  Whitehall  hospital,  Bristol  Co.,  Pennsylvania,  aged  18. 

Aug.  ol.  Rev.  Michael  Guth  died,  aged  62  ;  one  of  the  most  vene- 
rable, hard  working  and  unassuming,  pious  priests  throughout  this  country. 
Though  the  number  of  his  days  were  sixty-two  years,  yet  as  a  faithful 
priest  he  ministered  at  the  altar  for  upwards  of  thirty-eight  years.  Or- 
dained at  Bezangon,  his  desires  of  Christian  charity  brought  him  from 
home  and  friends.  For  years  he  sowed  the  good  seed  in  Maryland  and 
along  the  valley  of  the  Blue  Ridge.  Later  on,  it  was  his  hand  that  up- 
raised in  Northern  New  York  many  a  white  cross,  to  shine  in  the  sun- 
light and  on  the  ripple  of  Cape  St.  Vincent.  Long  before  the  diocese 
of  Albany  was  established.  Father  Guth  was  unfolding  the  beautiful 
mysteries  of  our  redemption,  amidst  the  protracted  winters  of  the 
north.  Each  Sunday  morning  he  visited  two  distant  stations,  and  though 
fasting  and  chilled  by  the  long  early  ride,  yet  told  his  people  in  the  En^-- 
lish,  French  and  German  languages,  the  works  and  ways  of  Divine  love. 
His  lonely  life  was  endeared  to  him  by  study.  Philosophy,  and  astrono- 
my, and  music  became  companions,  and  were  incentives  to  his  commun- 
ing soul  to  "  rise  higher."  Self  sacrificing,  unsuspecting  and  beloved,  his 
career  is  closed,  unsullied  by  impatience,  avarice  or  pride.  The  vesper 
psalms  were  chaunted  in  the  cathedral  last  evening,  and  inaugurated  the 
oflicefor  the  dead. — Argus Philip  Brudey  died,  aged  35. 

Sept.   L  Richard  Visser  died,  aged  27. 

Sept.  2.  Alexander   Marvin  died,   aged   80 Patrick  White  died, 

aged  21 Lucinda,  wife  of  Robert  Conroy,  died,  aged  82 Henry 

Mann,  formerly  of  Albany,  died  at  Westfield,  3Iass.,  aged  40. 

Sept.  4.  Mary,  wife  of  Geo.  W.  McKnight,  died,  aged  58 Francis 

E.,  wife  of  Alexander  G.  Sheldon,  died,  aged  35. 

Sept.  5.  James Fahrquahrson  died Hannah  Wetmore Treadwell,  wife 

of  Dr.  Martin  L.  JMead,  was  killed  by  being  thrown  from  a  carriage  at  Mid- 

dlebury,  Vermont,  aged  22 R.  B.  Corliss,  Jr.,  of  Co.    C,  7th  Heavy 

Artillery,  died  at  the  confederate  camp  prison  at  Andersonville,  aged  20. 

Sept.  6.  Daniel  A.  Quigley  died,  aged  36 William  Edwards  died, 

aged  66 Joshua  M.  Babcock  died,  aged  42. 

Sept.  7.  Catharine  Ryan,  wife  of  John   Tole,  died,  aged   40 John 

McElveney,  member  of  Co.  E,  63d  Reg.,  died  at  Alexandria,  of  wounds 
received  before  Petersburg,  June  16,  aged  49. 

Sept.  8.   Anthony    MciQuade    died,   aged  60 Maus   Houghtalin"- 

died,  aged  77- 

Sept.   10.  Harriet  Ann,  wife  of  John  W.  Sherman,  died,  aged  34.. 

Patrick  Mahar  died,  aged  42 John  3Iay  died,  aged  19 Wm.   R. 

Rice  died,  aged  21. 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  27 


210  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

Sept.  12.    Elizabeth,  widow    of  Warner   Daniels,  died,  aged  82 

John  Jauies  McClusky  died,  aged  34. 

Sept.   13.  Mary  Evans  Harper  died,  aged  21 Isabella  M.  Whalen, 

wife  of  Lawrence    Hennessey,   died,  aged  23 Margaret   Fewer   died, 

aged  19. 

Sept.   14.   Derrick  Van  Scliaack  died,  aged  71. 

Sept.  15.  The  steam  boat  Chauncey  Vibbard  made  the  trip  from  New 
York  to  Albany  in  6h.  42m.  This  is  the  quickest  trip  on  record.  The 
following  remarkable  trips  have  been  made  : 

YEAR.  H.M. 

1852,  Francis  Skiddy, 7:30 

1860,  Armenia, 7:42 

1851,  New  World, 7:43 

1849,  Alida, 7:45 

1862,  Daniel  Drew, 6:50 

1864,  Chauncey  Vibbard, 6:42 

It  is  in  the  memory  of  many  living  men  when  the  steam  boats,  after  much 
careful  improvement,  were  announced  to  make  the  trip  between  the  two 
cities  by  daylight  —  that    was  in  from  16  to  18  hours. 

Sept.  16.  Owen  Thompson,  a  cattle  dealer,  was  murdered  at  West 
Albany. 

Sept.  17.  Kichard  Miley  died,  aged  23. 

Sept.  18.  Daniel  D.  Shaw  died,  aged  64.  The  deceased  at  one  time 
held  the  position  of  alderman  of  the  old  democratic  5th  Ward,  and  af- 
terwards represented  the  ward  in  the  boai'd  of  supervisors.  Subsequently 
he  was  appointed  collector  of  port,  and  in  later  years  held  a  position  in 
the  post  office.  He  distinguished  himself  in  each  of  the  above  positions, 
discharging  the  duties  of  his  office  with  marked  ability.  Honesty  of 
purpose  and  strict  business  habits  marked  his  course  and  tended  to  make 

him  a  frugal  officer  and   an  influential  citizen Sarah  Ford  died,  aged 

82 Mary  Donovan  died,  aged  32 Ann,  wife  of  Charles  McAllis- 
ter died,  aged  45 Jesse  Barker  died,  aged  73. 

Sept.  19.  Luther  Frisbee  died,  aged  69 Alexander  C.  Grant  died, 

aged  44 Patrick  Ryan  died,  aged  22 Wm.  H.   Moon  was   killed 

at  the  battle  of  Winchester,  Va.,  aged ,  and  buried  at  Albany,  Jan.  5, 

1865 John  B.  Carter  was   killed   at  the  battle   of  W^inchester,   Va., 

and  was  buried  at  Albany,  Jan.  5,  1865 Henry  Montraville  was  also 

killed  in  the  above  action  and  was  buried  in  Albany,  22d  January.  1865. 

Sept.  21.   Eliza,  wife  of  William  Lynch,  died,  aged  52. 

Sept.  22.  Marietta,  wife   of  William  B.  Gilchrist,  died,  aged  30 

Ellen,  wife  of  Patrick  Ganam,  died,  aged  26 Jacob  M.  Settle  died, 

aged  44 Thomas  Bohen  died Edward  Downs  died,  aged  33. 

Sept.  23.  Edwin  Beebe  died,  aged  52.     He  was  for  many  years  the 

proprietor  of  the  Franklin  House Patrick  Edmund  Mulharan,  of  the 

91st  regiment,  died  at  Fort  McHenry,  Baltimore. 

Sept.  24.  Anniversary  of  the  taking  of  Fort  Orange  by  the  English, 

in   1664,  when   it  received  the  name  of  Albany Dr.   Ira  M.  De  la 

Mater  died,  aged  45 John  Hillmau  died  at  Darien,  Wisconsin,  aged 

59. 

Sept.  25.  William  Scobie  died,  aged  56. 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  211 

Sept.  26.  The  water  in  the  river  this  morning  was  very  low — lower 
than  it  had  been  for  many  seasons  past,  or  within  the  recollection  of 
many  of  our  river  men.  The  Skiddy  from  New  York  last  night,  ground- 
ed between  this  city  and  Troy.  The  Vanderbilt  from  Troy  last  night 
was  aground  on  Cuyler's  bar,  and  the  Vibbard,  which  left  here  a?  9 
o'clock,  took  her  passengers  off.  This  has  been  caused  by  the  high  north- 
erly and  westerly  winds  which  prevailed  yesterday  and  last  night.  The 
water  has  fallen  eighteen  inches  below  the  ordinary  low  water  tide  mark. 
Even  vessels  were  aground  at  our  docks.  This  is  the  first  time  this  season 
that  steam  boats,  or  even  vessels  have  grounded  here  or  on  the  bars.  The 
upper  basin  presented  a  very  singular  appearance.  From  the  centre 
opening  of  the  Columbia  street  bridge  to  the  lock,  it  appeared  as  if  a 
canal  had  been  cut  just  wide  enough  to  allow  boats  to  pass  one  another 
going  to  and  from  the  canal.  Never  before  has  such  a  sight  been  seen, 
and  it  may  probably  never  occur  again.  —  Journal. 

Sept.  27.  The  bridge  was  completed  over  the  outlet  to  the  Basin  at  the 
foot  of  Hamilton  street,  and  vehicles  first  passed  over  it.     It  is  superior 

in  every  respect    to    its  predecessor Emil   Hydeman  died,   aged   26. 

Frederich  Mohler  died,  aged  30 Peter  Gardiner  died,  aged  52. 

Alonzo  Bohanan  died,  aged  36. 

_  Sept.  28.  Our  streets  were  unusually  lively  yesterday  afternoon,  the 
citizens  turning  out  in  large  numbers  to  witness  the  return  of  the  veterans 
of  the  44th  regiment.  The  welcome  extended  to  them  was  as  warm  and 
generous  as  it  was  merited.  It  will  be  remembered  that  but  a  few  months 
after  the  commencement  of  hostilities,  a  number  of  our  of  our  most 
prominent  citizens  resolved  to  unite  their  means  and  efforts  to  raise  a  regi- 
ment that  would,  in  every  respect,  be  a  model  organization.  The  original 
plan  was  to  accept  a  man  from  each  town  in  the  state,  but  unforeseen  diffi- 
culties arose  under  this  plan,  and  it  was  abandoned;  and  although  many 
parts  of  the  state  were  represented  in  it,  our  own  city  and  county  fur- 
nished a  larger  number  than  any  other  locality.  The  regiment  was  made 
up  of  picked  men  —  men  selected  not  only  with  a  view  to  their  own 
physical^  advantages,  but  also  with  regard  to  their  moral  worth;  and  we 
feel  justified  in  saying  that  in  these  respects  no  finer  regiment  ever  en- 
tered the  army  than  was  the  Forty-fourth,  when  it  left  Albany  nearly 
three  years  ago  (Oct.  21,  1861),  —  they  numbered  ten  hundred  and  sixty 
strong.  Since  then  it  had  participated  in  twelve  general  engagements, 
and  in  as  many  more  skirmishes,  and  always  with  distinguished  "bravery! 
But  fortunes  of  war  had  told  fearfully  upon  its  ranks.  "Brigadier  Gene- 
ral Rice  and  many  others  of  the  gentlemen  who  went  out  in  its  list  of 
officers,  gave  up  their  lives  for  the  cause  in  which  they  so  cheerfully  vol- 
unteered, fighting  valiantly  where  the  hardest  and  bravest  blows  were 
to  be  struck,  and  dying  with  their  faces  to  the  foe.  During  its  service 
upwards  of  700  recruits  joined  its  ranks,  and  now,  when  170  return  to 
their  homes,  there  are  left  in  the  field  but  300.  As  an  evidence  of  the 
material  of  which  it  was  originally  composed,  we  may  state  that  about 
150  of  the  rank  and  file  have  been  promoted  into  other  regiments.  The 
veterans  of  this  regiment,  who  are  returning  home,  number  170  men 
and  14  officers.  On  their  arrival  here,  about  4  o'clock  in  the  afternoon, 
they  were  received  by  the  mayor,  common  council,  and  the  citizens  com- 
mittee, and    under    escort  of   the    22d   Veteran    corps  (a   neat    and  fine 


212  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

looking  body  of  men),  and  the  16th  Massachusetts  battery,  they  marched 
through  a  number  of  principal  streets,  exciting  feelings  of  the  warmest 
admiration  among  the  thousands  of  citizens  who  crowded  the  walk.  Pas- 
sing up  State  street,  they  paid  Mrs.  Erastus  Corning,  Sr.,  the  compli- 
ment of  a  marching  salute.  When,  three  years  ago,  the  regiment  started 
for  the  seat  of  war,  it  was  presented  with  an  elegant  flag  by  Mrs.  Corning. 
This  flag  having  been  worn  out  was  returned  to  the  donor,  and  anew  one 
given  in  exchange  about  the  1st  of  January,  1863.  Arrived  at  the  Capi- 
tol, Grovernor  Seymour  was  introduced  by  Col.  Conner  to  the  men,  who 
greeted  his  excellency  with  a  round  of  hearty  cheers.  Governor  Seymour 
addressed  them  briefly,  alluding  in  feeling  and  eloquent  terms  to  their 
brave  departed  comrades,  and  tendering  to  his  hearers,  on  behalf  of  the 
state,  as  well  as  for  the  city  of  Albany,  the  most  earnest  thanks.  He 
spoke  of  their  services  and  sacrifices,  and  assured  them  that  their  deeds 
of  patriotism  and  heroism  would  ever  be  the  theme  of  praise  on  the  lips 
of  their  fellow  citizens.  The  regiment  then  marched  from  the  Capitol 
to  Congress  Hall,  where,  as  the  guests  of  the  city,  they  partook  of  a 
substantial  collation,   after   which   they  were   surrounded  by  many   old 

friends,  with  whom  they  passed  a  happy  evening.  — Express Andrew 

Comstock  died,  aged  82. 

Sept.  29.  Martin  Huley  died,  aged  35 Hannah  Sullivan  died,  aged 

99 Anthony  Zeitler  of    od  Reg.,  was  killed  at  Jones's  Landing,  Va. 

He  had  but  recently  enlisted  ;  had  been  foreman  of  Engine  No.   12. 

Sept.  30.  Peter  L.  Houck  Jr.,  of  the  50th  Reg.,  N.  Y.  Engineers, 
died  at  the  City  Point  hospital,  of  a  wound  received  in  the  entrenchment 
before  Petersburg. 

Oct.  2.  Olive    D.  Tyler,  wife  of  Dr.   Wm.  H.  Randell,  died,  aged  26. 

Oct.  3.  Robert  Owen    died,  aged  20 John  Hagan  died  of  yellow 

fever,  at  Newborn,  N.  C  ,  aged  32.  He  was  a  member  of  Co.  F,  12th 
N.  Y.  Cavalry,  and  formerly  a  printer  in  this  city. 

Oct.  4.   Martha  E.  Paige  died,  aged  41. 

Oct.  5.  William  M.  Rapp  died,  aged  40,  member  of  61st  Reg.,  New 
York  Volunteers. 

Oct.  6.  Anna  Augusta  Conley  died,  aged  21. 

Oct.  7.   Mary  Fitzgerald  died,  aged  65. 

Oct.  8.  Mrs.  Emma  Dexter,  died,  aged  75. 

Oct.   9.  John  Ryan  died,  aged  18. 

Oct.  10.  The  following  bids  were  made  for  the  lease  of  the  Green- 
bush  Ferry.  Henry  A.  Davis  proposed  to  take  the  franchise  and  pay  to 
the  city  annually  500  dollars.  James  Edwards  and  others  proposed  to 
pay  the  city  300  dollars  annually  for  the  same.  Samuel  Schuyler  pro- 
dosed  to  pay  for  the  same  750  dollars.  John  McEvoy  and  John  Phelan  also 
proposed  to  take  the  same  franchise  and  pay  1200  dollars  annually  and 
run  the  ferry  as  proposed.  All  the  propositions  are  made  on  the  basis 
that  the  city  is  to  put  the  slips  and  decks  in  good  repair,  and  build  ferry 
houses ;  and  the   propositions   provided  that  the   proposer   should    keep 

these  in  good  repair  and  surrender  them  to  thecity  in  that  condition 

The  Burgesses  corps  held  their  annual  election  for  officers  which  resulted 
as  follows:  Wm.  H.  Taylor,  captain  ;  William  J.  Thomas,  first  lieuten- 
ant; Theodore  Sharts,  second  lieutenant;  Henry  C.  Haskell,  third  lieu- 
tenant; M.   H.Donovan,    orderly  sergeant ;  Robert  Harris,  second  ser- 


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Oct.  29.  Catharine  Carlon  died,  aged  100 Jacob  S.  Whitbeck  died 

at  Newbern  hospital. 

Oct.  30.  Mary  Jane  White,  wife  of  Peter  Yan  Patten,  died,  aged  17. 

Oct.  31.  Sarah,  wife    of  Fairman  Andrews,  died,  aged  60 Sarah, 

widow  of  Levi  Steele,  died,  aged  80 Plumy,  wife  of  Wm.  H.  Sackett, 

died,  aged  57. 

Nov.  2.  Dr.  R.  H.  Thompson,  formerly  a  physician  of  this  city,  and 
for  several  years  health  officer  of  the  port  of  New  York,  died  at  his  resi- 
dence in  Brooklyn.  Dr.  T.  was  a  man  of  great  energy  of  character,  of 
high  professional  reputation  and  of  attractive  social  qualities.  As  an  al- 
derman of  this  city  he  originated  and  carried  through  several  important 
improvements,  and  the  intelligence  of  his  death  will  be  painful  news  to 
his  multitude  of  friends  in  this  city.  — Journal. 

Nov.  3.  Eliza  Ann  Lee,  wife  of  P.  H.  Griffin,  died Patrick  New- 
man died,  aged  33. 

Nov.  4.  Bernard  Denny  died,  aged  45 Alexander    McHarg  died, 

aged  71 Mrs.  Mary  Wilson  died,  aged  78. 

Nov.  5.  Felix  McConnell  died,  aged  69 Michael  Shaughnessy  died, 

aged  26, Christian  Ziser  died  at  Baltimore  hospital,  aged  17. 

Nov.  6.  James  H.   Westfield  died,  aged   48 Jeremiah  H.    Lane 

died,  aged  36 Wm.  T.  O'Brien  died  at  Newbern,    N.  C.       He  was  a 

member  of  the  23d  New  York  Battery. 

Nov.  7.   Martin  Kelly  died,  aged  28. 

Nov.  8.  E.  A.  Schloss  died,  aged  19 Election  —  Democratic  ma- 
jority in  the  city  2,476  for  McClellan  over  Lincoln,  and  2,463  for  Sey- 
mour over  Fenton. 

Nov.  10.  The  County  Medical  Society  held  its  annual  meeting,  an 
address  was  delivered  by  Dr.  James  McNaughton,  the  retiring  president. 
The  following  officers  were  elected  for  the  ensuing  year :  Dr.  P.  P. 
Staats,  president ;  Dr.  Frank  Gr.  Mosher,  of  Coeymans,  vice-president ; 
J.  11.  Boulware,  secretary;  H.  R.  Haskins,  treasurer;  S.  0,  Yanderpoel, 
Howard  Townsend,  J.  P.  Boyd,  J.  H.  Armsby,  J.  V.  Lansing,  censors  ; 
Levi  Moore,  J.   L.  Babcock,  J.  V.  Lansing,  delegates  to   State  Medical 

Society At    a    meeting  of  the    St.    Andrew's    Society  held    at    the 

American  Hotel,  the  following  persons  were  elected  officers  for  the 
ensuing  year:  James  Roy,  president;  Thomas  M.  Credie,  first  vice- 
president;  Donald  McDonald,  second  vice-president;  Rev.  E.  Halley, 
chaplain;  Dr.  L.  G.  Warren,  physician ;  James  Wilson,  treasurer;  Peter 
Kinear,  secretary;  John  F.  Smyth,  assistant  secretary  ;  James  Dickson, 
Hugh  Dickson,  Wm.  Manson,  Robert  McHaffie,  Geo.  Young,  Managers. 

Nov.  13.   First  snow  storm  ;  depth  6  inches Humphrey  Desmond 

died,  aged  65. 

Nov.  14.  Michael  Keenan  died,  aged  78 Sarah,  wife  of  Pasco  Tur- 
ner, died,  aged  67 George  W.  Baker  died,  aged  40. 

Nov.   14.  Susan   Ann,  wife  of  Edmund  T.  Marble,  died,  aged  50. 

Nov.  16.  John  G.  Brennen  died,  aged   48 Jacob  J.  Hilton  died,  a 

returned    soldier Hugh    Hammill    died  at   Andersonville.   Georgia, 

aged  20  ;  a  member  of  Co.  E,  7th  Heavy  Artillery. 

Nov.  17.  Butter  sold  in  the  State  street  market  this  day  for  52(a),55c 
^  lb.,  turkeys,  22c  "f  lb.,  chickens,  20c  ^  lb.,  lamb,  7@8c  f  lb., 
pork,    17(gl8c   "f  lb.,  beef,  9(a)10c  f  lb.,  apples,  good  quality,  $4@g5 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  215 

'^  bbl.,  turnips,  SI  "^  bbl.,  eggs,  48c  ^  doz Susan   Russell,  wife  of 

Isaac  Battin,  died,  aged  29 Catharine,  widow  of  James   Humphrey, 

died,  aged  67 Thomas  Hannigandied  of  a  wound  inflicted  by  a  sharp- 
shooter, aged  20. 

Nov.  20.  Eliza  A.,  widow  of  Charles  Traver,  died,  aged   73 John 

Ferguson  died,  aged  84. 

Nov.  22.  Robert  Storey  died,  aged  53 Mrs.  David  P.  Winne  died, 

aged  41. 

Nov.  23.   Matthew  Carroll  died,  aged  48. 

Nov.  24.    James  M.  Alexander  died,  aged  57 Jacob  Damm  died, 

aged  33 Jerusha  Van  0  Linda  died. 

Nov,  25.  John  C.  Baker  died,  aged  85 George  Kuhn  died,  aged 

67 Catharine,  wife  of  John    McCarthy,  died,  aged  43 Timothy 

Allen  Gladding,  a  member  of  Co.  B,  7th  N.  Y.  Artillery,  died  at  City 
Point,  Ya.,  aged  47. 

Nov.  26.  The  market  on  Saturday  in  State  street  was  decidedly  active, 
with  a  fair  supply:  Buckwheat,  "^  100  S4.84(rt85;  potatoes,  1^  bbl., 
$1.75@S2  ;  spitzenberi?s,  f  bbl.,  S4.50(«;$4.75  ;  onions,  "^bbl.,  86.0U@ 
6.25;  cabbages,  "^100,  §8. 00(rt/,9.00 ;  carrots,  ^  bbl.,  ^1.25;  turnips, 
^  bbl.,  $1  ;  flax  seed,  f  bu.,  $2.60  ;  cider,  ^  bbl.,  $1.84  ;  rye,  f  bu., 
$1.75@$1.82 ;  barley,  ^  bu.,  $1.70(5)61.75  ;  oats,  ^  bu.,  95c(«Jl ;  beans, 
■^  bu.,  S2.50  ;  Boston  marrow  squash,  ^  100,  §4.50  ;  beets,  'f  bbl.,  61.75  ; 
pumpkins,  each,  10c;  hemlock  wood,  "^  cord,  $8;  kindling  wood, 
"^  load,  $1.25;  butter,  ^  lb.,  50c@52c  ;  eggs,  ^  doz.,  45c  ;  turkeys, 
$  lb.,  18c@20c ;  turkeys,  live,  f  pair,  $2.50 ;  chickens,  ^^  lb.,  18c@20c  ; 
ducks,  "^  lb.,  20c;  geese,  '^^  lb.,  15c;  beef,  '^  lb.,  9c(«  He;  mutton, 
"f  lb.,  8c(S^9c;  lamb,  fib.,  10c(«.,llc;  pork, '^  lb.,  16c;  haddock, 
"^  lb.,  8c@10c;  pike  and  white  fish,  f  lb.,  15c. 

Nov.  27.  John  Sweeney  died,  aged  48 Mary  L.   Johnson,  wife  of 

Elisha  Cady,  died,  aged  26 Mary  Quinu  died,   aged  71 Thomas 

Feily  Jr.,  died,  aged  23. 

Nov.  30.  Intelligence  of  the  death  of  William  G.  Leddy,  an  Albany 
boy,  was  received  by  his  friends  in  this  city.  He  died  in  the  prison  at 
Andersonville,  Georgia.  It  is  only  about  a  year  ago  that  he  was  in- 
veighled  away  from  his  house  by  some  heartless  substitute  broker,  who 
managed  to  get  him  enlisted,  although  he  was  then  only  fifteen  years  old. 
He  was  soon  after  taken  prisoner,  and  entirely  unfit  to  undergo  the 
hardships  of  a  soldier's  life,  even  in  its  most  pleasant  phases,  it  was  not 
long  before  he  sunk  under  the  terrible  ordeal  of  the  Anderson  death  pen. 
He  was  the  son  of  the  late  Peter  Leddy,  a  man  who  was  much  esteemed 

by  all  who  knew  him Rebecca,  wife  of  Clark  B.  Cochrane,  died 

Thomas  Fisher  died,  aged  43. 

Dec.  1.  Col.  xMichael  E.  Stafi'ord,  86th  N.  Y.  S.  Y.,  died  before  Peters- 
burgh,  aged  37.  He  died  of  wounds  received  while  gallantly  leading  his 
regiment.  Col.  S.  was  well  known  in  this  city.  He  was  a  son  of  ex- 
Alderman  Stafi'ord,  of  the  8th  ward.  At  the  outbreak  of  the  rebellion 
he  enlisted  and  served  his  country  faithfully  as  a  private  in  the  25th 
regiment.  Returning  from  after  a  three  months'  campaign,  he  again 
enlisted  and  has  been  in  the  service  ever  since,  participating  in  a  great 
many  battles,  and,  by  the  bravery  evinced  in  several  engagements,  he 
worked  his  way  up  to  the  honored  position  he  occupied  at  the  time  of  his 


216  Notes  from  the  Neiospapers.  1864. 

death.     He  was  one  of  the  originators  of  the  Emmet  Guards,  and  at  one 

time  a  prominent  member  of  the  Fire  department Ann  Martin   died, 

aged  75. 

Dec.  2.  James  Scott  died,  aged  64. 

Dec.  3.  Mrs.  Michael  Dowd,  accompanying  her  husband,  a  member  of 
the  7th  heavy  artillery,  to  the  cars,  fell  off  the  gang  plank  at  the  ferry 
and  was  drowned. 

Dec.  4.  John  Van  Schaack  died,  aged  64. 

Dec.  5.  Thomas   Hansard   died,   aged   55 Robert  Bradwell  died, 

aged  35. 

Dec.  6.  George  S.  Dawson,  major  2d  N.  Y.  V.,  artillery,  died,  aged  26. 
He  was  wounded  in  the  leg  in  the  assault  on  Petersburgh,  and  sustained 
an  amputation.  He  remained  in  the  hospital  at  Washington  for  a  long 
time,  in  a  most  critical  condition,  but  by  the  end  of  September  was  well 
enough  to  be  brought  home.  About  five  weeks  ago  a  large  abscess  was  de- 
veloped, soon  after  followed  by  two  more.  Plis  system  was  too  much 
exhausted  to  sustain  the  drain  upon  it,  and  death  put  an  end  to  his  suffer- 
ings. He  was  in  full  possession  of  his  faculties  until  within  a  few  minutes 
of  his  death,  and  expressed  full  faith  and  abiding  confidence  in  a  happy 

hereafter.      Peace  to  the  gallant  young  soldier.  —  Express William 

Amsdell  died,  aged  73 Robert  Gillan  died,  aged  29. 

Dec.  7.  Thomas  McCarty  died,  aged  55 Villeroy  C.  Ensign  died, 

aged  21. 

Dec.  8.  John  Dooner  died,  aged  26. 

Dec.  9.  Mary  Jane,  wife  of  James  Reid,  died,  aged  88. 

Dec.  10.  Snow  fell  during  the  early  hours,  and  remained,  giving  good 
sleio-hino-.      The  rail  road  trains  were  nearly   all  behind  time,  and  the 

steam  boats  got  up  late  and  with  difiiculty.     Winter  was  fairly  begun 

In  completing  the  record  thus  far  of  the  names  of  the  many  who  have 
gone  forth  from  this  city  and  laid  down  their  lives  in  the  cause  of  the 
Union,  we  are  called  upon  to  mention  those  of  John  Scahall  and  Fergus 
Madden.  In  April,  1861,  ere  the  echo  of  the  first  gun  —  the  signal  of 
rebellious  strife  —  had  died  away,  Albany,  in  answer  to  the  call  of  the 
government,  had  already  a  representative  among  the  regiments  marching 
to  the  defence  of  the  national  capital.  Of  those  who  volunteered  to  fill 
up  the  depleted  ranks  of  the  25th  regiment  was  John  Scahall.  His  career 
as  a  soldier  during  that  memorable  period  was  honorable  and  meritorious. 
Ready  to  meet  every  requisition  of  the  government  for  men,  he  again 
accompanied  the  same  regiment  in  1862,  and  returned  after  another  three 
months'  campaign  in  Virginia.  In  the  summer  of  1863,  leaving  a  lucra- 
tive employment,  he  enlisted  in  the  7th  artillery,  stationed  at  Forts  De 
Russey  and  Reno,  in  Maryland,  where  he  remained  until  last  May,  when 
his  regiment,  in  compliance  with  the  request  of  its  gallant  colonel  for  a 
post  of  honor  and  activity,  was  ordered  to  the  front,  on  the  march  to 
Richmond,  under  General  Grant.  He  passed  through  all  of  the  severe 
en"-a"-ements  which  distinguished  that  campaign  down  to  the  16th  of 
June,  1864,  when  he  was  taken  prisoner.  After  having  remained  in 
.Richmond  a  short  time,  he  was  removed  further  south,  and  at  last  to 
Savannah,  Georgia,  where  he  died  last  August.  The  news  of  his  death 
reached  here  but  a  few  days  ago,  with  that  of  his  friend  and  comrade  in 
confinement,  Madden,  who  died  three  days  before  at  the  same  place.     Of 


1864.  Notes  from  the  Newspapers.  217 

Fergus  Madden  we  need  not  speak  in  terms  of  praise  —  his  deeds  are  his 
best  eulogy.  Like  Scahall,  where  he  was  most  intimately  known  he  was 
best  loved  and  respected  as  a  generous  and  true  hearted  friend,  manly 
and  straightforward  in  all  his  associations,  of  an  irreproachable  character 
and  unsullied  name.  He  was  a  member  of  the  122d  N.  Y.  V.,  having 
enlisted  in  August,  1862.  Possessed  with  a  laudable  ambition  of  gaining 
a  position  in  the  profession  of  arms,  while  in  daily  expectation  of  receiv- 
ing a  slight  acknowledgment  of  his  services  in  the  field,  he  was  captured 
on  the  6th  of  May  last,  during  the  battle  of  the  Wilderness.  As  a 
prisoner  of  war  he  conducted  himself  as  he  always  did,  when  conscious  of 
having  done  his  duty  —  with  "  complacency,  and  truth,  and  manly  sweet- 
ness." But  a  few  months  since  these  young  men  were  in  the  midst  of  an 
extended  circle  of  friends  and  relatives  in  the  enjoyment  of  perfect  health 
and  all  the  comforts  of  a  home,  surrounded,  as  they  were,  by  everything 
that  tends  to  make  home  happy.  But,  true  and  patriotic,  they  fully  ap- 
preciated the  magnitude  of  the  contest,  and  knew  that  strong  arms  and 
loyal  hearts  could  alone  avert  the  fearful  calamities  that  threatened  their 
country.  With  these  were  they  literally  endowed,  and  these  they  have 
dedicated  to  their  country's  service.  Neither  died  as  soldiers  wish  to  die, 
on  the  field  of  battle,  amid  the  shouts  of  contending  armies.  They  pined 
within  the  dreary  walls  of  a  southern  prison,  far  from  friends  and  home, 
the  victims  of  a  disease  that  slowly  but  surely  precludes  death.  Not  even 
were  they  allowed  to  die  beneath  the  starry  folds  of  the  old  flag  they  had 
borne  victorious  through  many  a  fight.  It  was,  however,  some  mitigation 
of  the  horrors  of  death  in  their  miserable  abode  that  two  such  friends  as 
they  were  from  their  boyhood  up  should  cheer  each  other  in  their  efforts 
to  keep  alive  the  spark  of  hope  and  lighten  the  evils  of  the  disease  under 
which  they  lay  prostrate.  Both  died  in  the  morning  of  life,  ere  the 
flowers  of  early  manhood  had  yet  bloomed  and  brightened  to  promise  a 
future  of  honor  and  success.  Albany  may  well  feel  proud  of  the 
patriotic  and  heroic  band  of  martyrs  who  have  yielded  up  their  lives 
in  the  cause  of  liberty  and  union. —  Times Maria  De  Witt,  for- 
merly of  Albany,  died  at  Pittston,  Pa.,  aged  61;  daughter  of  Ephraim 
De  Witt. 

Dec.  11.  William  Finkle  died,  aged  19. 

Dec.  12.  Navigation   was  pretty  much   suspended Mary    Carrick 

died,  aged  69. 

Dec.   13.   Chauncey  Crapo  died,  aged    44 Elizabeth  Ann    ShotlifF 

Sellers  died,  aged   27 Mrs.    Mary  Bryan,  formerly  of   Albany,  died 

at  Farmington,  Conn.,   aged  80 Charles   E.   Passenger  died   at  the 

hospital  at  Chattenooga,  of  wounds  received  near  Home,  Ga.,  aged  23 . 

Dec.   14.  Patrick  McDonald  died,  aged  70 Daniel  Donnelly  died, 

aged  50 Clinton  I).  Harvey  died,  aged  24. 

Dec.   15.  Mary,  wife  of  Patrick  O'Brien,  died,  aged  38 Margaret 

A.,  widow  of  Moses  Goodrich,  died,  aged  72. 

Dec.   16.   Mrs.  Mary  Husted  died,  aged  78. 

Dec.  17.  George  R.  Curtiss  died  at  Hart's  Island,  in  New  York  Har- 
bor, aged  34. 

Dec.   18.  Mary  E.,  widow  of  John  Chapman,  died,  aged  37 Daniel 

Berry  died,  aged  47 George  Stone  died  in  Philadelphia,  aged  53. 

Dec.  19.  Alfred  Gorham  died,  aged  36 Mary,  wife  of  George  Da- 

HisL  Coll  U.  28 


218  Notes  frorti  the  Newspapers.  1864. 

vidson,  died,  aged   62 Lydia,  wife  of  Frederick   Damp,  died,   aged 

48 Bernard  Riley  died,  aged  60. 

Dec.  22.  We  were  visited  by  the  severest  storm  of  the  season.  Snow 
continued  to  fall  until  daylight  yesterday  morning,  and,  in  the  meantime 
high  winds  from  the  northwest  prevailed,  driving  the  snow  in  drifts  on 
all  the  roads  leading  to  the  city,  and  in  many  of  our  streets.  The  weather 
too,  the  thermometer  at  noon  marking  only  18  degrees  above  zero,  and 
the  air  growing  colder  as  the  evening  approached.  All  the  rail  road 
trains  were  more  or  less  behind  time,  and  there  were  no  teams  in  from 
the  country.  Snow  fell  to  the  depth  of  eight  or  ten  inches,  and  taken 
all  in  all,  it  was  the   severest  storm  of  the  season,  indeed  we  experienced 

nothing  like  it  last  year.  —  Express Richard  Nolan  died,  aged  53 

Abram  V.  R.  McDole  died,  aged  44. 

Dec.  23.  The  horse  cars.  These  public  conveyances  on  account  of 
the  heavy  snow  storm  of  Wednesday,  were  making  all  sorts  of  time 
"  good,  bad  and  indifferent."  In  fact  the  Pearl  street  cars  were  with- 
drawn from  the  road,  in  consequence  of  the  entire  track  being  completely 
covered  up.  The  Watervliet  rail  road  company  substituted  sleighs  on 
the  route.  The  latter  did  not  make  regular  trips  and  the  public  are 
greatly  inconvenienced  thereby.  Several  Albanians,  employed  at  West 
Troy,  were  obliged  to  hire  a  private  conveyance  to  enable  them  to  reach 
this  city  on  Thursday  night.  The  State  street  cars  continued  regular 
trips.     Each  car  was  drawn  by  four  horses  and  they  had  hard  tugging  at 

that Thermometer  12  degrees  below   zero Richard   J.  Congdon 

died,  aged  28 John  Lynch  died,  aged  21. 

Dec.  24.  A  new  bell  was  raised  into  the  tower  of  the  Middle  Dutch 
church,  weighing  3,230  lbs Celenda  Lewis  died,  aged  68 Wil- 
liam Ilerrington  died  at  Hartwick,  Otsego  Co.,  aged  58. 

Dec.  25.  John  Barry  died,  aged   43 Mary  Ann   Knox  died,  aged 

20 George    E.  Gordon   was  convicted    of    the  murder    of    Owen 

Thompson,  and  sentenced  to  be  hung  by  Judge  Peckham. 

Dec.  26.  Catharine  Jackson  died James  Tevelin   died,  aged  42. 

Michael  McGinn  died,  aged  75 Catharine  Quinn,wife  of  Owen 

McCarthy,  died,  aged  35 Samuel  H.  Gardiner  died  at  St.  Louis. 

Dec.  27.  Arthur  Root  died. 

Dec.  28.  Elizabeth  McKenna,  wife  of  William  Flemming,  died,  aged 
22 Daniel  Kirby  died,  aged  44. 


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ALBANY  MEDICAL  COLLEGE. 


The  history  of  this  institution  illustrates  the  force  of  individual  eflfort 
and  enterprise,  when  encouraged  and  fostered  by  an  enlightened  and  libe- 
ral community. 

The  Albany  Medical  College  was  founded  by  Drs.  March  and 
Armnby,  with  the  encouragement  and  assistance  of  the  citizens  of  A.lbany. 
Dr.  Alden  March  removed  to  this  city  from  Massachusetts,  in  1820. 
He  was  the  first  person  who  suggested,  and  took  an  active  part  in 
the  enterprise.  In  1821  he  commenced  a  course  of  dissections,  and  lec- 
tures on  anatomy,  to  a  class  of  14  students.  He  occupied  a  small  wooden 
building  in  Montgomery  street,  above  Columbia,  near  the  Bethel,  for- 
merly occupied  by  the  Albany  Female  Academy.  Albany  at  that  time, 
had  a  population  of  15,000.  The  prejudice  against  the  dissection  of  the 
human  body  was  so  strong,  that  Dr.  March  was  obliged  to  transport  all 
of  his  material  for  demonstration,  across  the  country  by  land,  from  Bos- 
ton, This  was  attended  with  great  trouble  and  expense,  as  he  was  some- 
times obliged  to  make  the  journey  himself,  with  a  private  carriage,  to  ac- 
complish the  object  with  safety.  In  1825  Dr.  March  was  appointed 
Professor  of  Anatomy  and  Physiology,  in  the  Vermont  Academy  of  Medi- 
cine, at  Castleton,  which  office  he  held  ten  years,  and  was  succeeded 
by  Dr.  Armsby.  Dr.  March's  private  courses  were  continued  during 
the  same  time  in  Albany,  where  he  resided,  and  was  engaged  in  practice. 
In  1830  Dr.  March  delivered  a  public  lecture  on  the  "  Propriety  of  estab- 
lishing a  Medical  College  and  Hospital  in  Albany."  This  lecture  was 
published  by  the  class,  and  excited  much  interest.  Frequent  petitions, 
numerously  signed,  were  presented  to  the  legislature  for  an  act  of  incor- 
poration, which  met  with  a  determined  opposition  from  persons  connected 
with  other  medical  institutions. 

In  1831  Dr.  Armsby  came  to  this  city,  as  a  student  of  Dr.  March,  and 
became  his  assistant  in  the  medical  school  as  dissector  and  demonstrator. 
Dr.  March's  reputation  as  a  surgeon  had  at  that  time  become  eminent 
and  attracted  students  from  all  parts  of  the  country.  In  1835  Dr. 
Armsby  was  associated  with  Dr.  March  in  his  private  school,  as  teacher 
of  Anatomy,  while  Dr.  March  confined  his  instructions  to  the  depart- 
ment of  Surgery,  giving  a  very  thorough  and  practical  course  on  Operative 
Surgery,  and  Surgical  Pathology. 

Dr.  Armsby  continued  his  connection  with  the  Vermont  Academy  of 
Medicine  until  1838,  at  the  same  time  lecturing  in  Albany,  in  connection 
with  Dr.  March.  He  then  relinquished  his  connection  with  Castleton, 
and  devoted  his  whole  time  for  three  years,  to  aid  Dr.  March  in  the 
permanent  establishment  of  the  Albany  Medical  College. 

_  Dr.  Armsby  delivered  several  courses  of  public  lectures,  illustrated  by 
dissections  of  human  subjects,  in  this  city,  and  in  Troy,  and  other  places, 
which  were  numerously  attended.     One  course  of  his  lectures  delivered  in 


220  Alhany  Medical  College. 

this  city  in  1837,  is  worthy  of  record,  as  having  contributed  to  awalieo 
an  interest  in  behalf  of  the  College,  and  to  have  aided  largely  in  the 
collection  of  funds  for  the  establishment  of  the  Institution.  It  was  deliv- 
ered in  Morange's  Building,  corner  of  Broadway  and  Maiden 
lane,  and  attended  by  about  800  persons,  including  many  of  our  most 
prominent  citizens.  At  the  close  of  the  lectures,  complimentary  resolu- 
tions were  passed,  and  a  letter  addressed  to  Dr.  Armsby,  signed  by  the 
following  gentlemen,  who  had  attended  the  course  :  (ireene  C.  Bronson, 
Daniel  D.  Barnard,  Gideon  Hawley,  Erastus  Corning,  Gerrit  Y.  Lansing, 
Friend  Humphrey,  James  Stevenson,  John  I.  Wendell,  Israel  Williams, 
John  Meads,  Robert  Boyd,  Henry  Rector,  Amos  Dean  and  many 
others. 

On  the  14th  of  April,  1888,  a  meeting  of  citizens  was  called  at  the 
Mansion  House,  to  take  steps  for  the  organization  of  the  college.  This 
meeting  was  attended  by  Ira  Harris,  Robert  H.  Pruyu,  Bradford  R. 
Wood,  George  Dexter,  James  Goold,  John  0.  Cole,  Thomas  McElroy, 
Drs.  March  and  Armsby,  and  the  late  James  McKown,  Conrad  A.  Ten 
Eyck,  Samuel  Stevens  and  John  Davis.  Dr.  March  stated  the  object  of 
the  meeting.     The  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

Resolved,  that  this  meeting  deem  it  expedient  to  establish  a  Medical 
College  in  this  city,  and  to  endeavor  hereafter  to  obtain  an  act  of  incor- 
poration from  the  legislature.  A  committee  was  appointed  to  prepare 
a  petition  to  the  legislature,  and  to  obtain  the  signatures  of  our  citizens. 
It  was  prepared  and  signed  by  the  gentlemen  present.  Judge  Harris 
offered  the  following  resolution  :  Resolved,  that  a  stock  of  $5,000  be  cre- 
ated, and  a  committee  appointed  to  solicit  subscriptions  to  aid  in  the 
establishment  of  the  institution.  Samuel  Stevens  and  George  Dexter 
were  appointed  a  committee  to  prepare  articles  of  association,  and  a  pro- 
per instrument  to  be  signed  by  those  who  should  subscribe  to  the  fund. 
A  committee  was  also  appointed  to  apply  to  the  Common  Council  for  the 
use  of  the  unoccupied  Lancaster  School  Building  for  the  term  of  five 
years,  for  the  purposes  of  the  College.  The  late  Teunis  Van  'Vechten 
was  Mayor  of  the  city,  and  James  McKown,  Recorder.  Both  of  these 
gentlemen  were  firm  friends  of  the  institution.  Mr.  Van  Vechten  was  the 
first  President  of  the  Board  of  Trustees,  and  held  that  office  until  1841, 
when  he  was  succeeded  by  Jared  L.  Rathbone.  Mr.  Dexter  who  was  for 
several  years  Alderman,  gave  much  timeand  efficienteffort  to  the  enterprise, 
Professor  Amos  Dean,  who  had  most  to  do  in  forming  our  Young  Men's 
Association,  and  was  its  first  president,  was  one  of  the  most  earnest  friends 
of  the  College,  and  Robert  H.  Pruyn,  late  U.  S.  Minister  to  Japan,  then 
attorney  to  the  Common  Council,  was  one  of  the  most  active  and  energetic 
colaborers  for  the  Institution. 

The  second  meeting  was  called  May,  1838,  and  was  more  numerously 
attended.  A  communication  from  the  Common  Council  granting  the  free 
use  of  the  building  for  five  years,  was  received,  and  Mr.  Stevens  was 
authorized  to  execute  the  lease  on  the  part  of  the  College.  Mr.  Stevens 
and  Mr.  Dexter  reported  articles  of  association,  and  the  names  of  the 
following  gentlemen  to  compose  the  first  Board  of  Trustees.  Daniel  D. 
Barnard,  Samuel  Stevens,  John  Taylor,  Ira  Harris,  Robert  H.  Pruyn, 
Friend  Humphrey,  Bradford  R.  Wood,  (late  U.  S.  Minister  to  Denmark) 
James  Goold,  George  Dexter,  Thomas  McElroy,  Wm.  Seymour,  John  0. 


Alhamj  Medical  College.  223 

Cole,  John  I.  Wendell,  Conrad  A.  Ten  Eyck,  John  Davis,  Israel  Wil- 
liams, Charles  D.  Gould,  John  Trotter,  x\riiold  Nelson,  John  Groesbeck, 
Oliver  Steele,  and  Philip  S.  Van  llensselaer.  A  buildingcommittee,  aconi- 
mittee  to  prepare  by-laws,  to  solicit  subscriptions,  and  a  committee 
to  report  the  names  of  suitable  persons  to  compose  the  faculty,  were;  ap- 
pointed at  this  meeting.  At  the  next  meeting  in  May  1838,  Judge  Har- 
ris reported  the  names  of  the  following  persons  to  compose  the  faculty  of 
this  college.  Alden  March,  Professor  of  Surgery;  James  H.  Arnisby, 
Professor  of  Anatomy  and  Physiology;  Amos  Dean,  Professor  of  31cdi- 
cal  Jurisprudence;  Ebenezer  Emmons,  Professor  of  Chemistry  and 
Pharmacy;  Henry  Greene,  Professor  of  Obstetrics  and  Diseases  of  Women 
and  children  ;  David  M.  McLachlan,  Professor  of  Materia  Medica.  At  a 
subsequent  meeting,  David  M.  Reese,  of  New  York,  was  appointed  Pro- 
fessor of  the  Theory  and  Practice  of  Medicine.  At  the  next  meeting, 
George  Dexter  was  elected  Treasurer  of  the  Board  of  Trustees.  Mr.  Dex- 
ter has  held  this  office  28  years,  and  attended  every  meeting  of  the  Board 
of  Trustees  to  the  present  time.  The  improvements  on  the  College  build- 
ing were  immediately  commenced  by  Mr.  William  Boardman,  who  has 
been  the  only  master  builder  employed  in  the  institution  since  its  organ- 
ization. The  first  expenditures  on  the  building  amounted  to  over  $6,000, 
and  were  increased  during  the  next  two  years  to  about  §10,000,  all  of 
which  was  cheerfully  contributed  by  our  citizens.  The  late  General 
Stephen  Van  Rensselaer,  then  about  seventy  years  of  age,  contributed 
0500,  most  of  the  trustees  SlOO,  each;  but  a  large  portion  was  raised  in 
sums  of  $10,  chiefly  through  the  personal  efl"orts  of  Dr.  Arnisby. 
The  names  of  the  donors  are  inscribed  on  a  tablet  in  the  museum.  The 
improvements  on  the  building  were  completed  in  September  1838,  and 
the  museum  thrown  open  to  the  public,  in  November  following.  Drs. 
March  and  Arnisby  contributed  all  their  collections  of  specimens  to 
the  museum,  many  of  which  remain  to  day,  as  fresh  and  perfect  as  when 
first  displayed  to  the  public.  When  the  specimens  had  all  been  arranged 
for  exhibition,  the  museum  was  thrown  open  and  for  several  months 
crowded  with  curious  and  interested  visitors.  It  has  been  kept  open  to 
the  public  ever  since,  without  harm  to  the  specimens,  or  injury  to  the 
building,  and  has  done  much  to  dispel  the  prejudice,  which  has  so  long 
existed  against  the  dissection  and  preservation  of  the  human  body  for 
purposes  of  medical  education.  This  museum  by  constant  and  unremit- 
ting efi'orts  of  the  faculty,  has  become  the  most  extensive  and  valuable  in 
this  country,  and  is  excelled  by  few  in  Europe.  Dr.  March  during  a 
surgical  practice  of  almost  half  a  century,  more  extensive  and  varied  than 
that  of  any  other  surgeon  in  the  country,  has  accumulated  an  immense 
collection  of  the  most  rare  and  valuable  specimens  of  disease,  which  have 
been  prepared  and  preserved  at  his  own  expense,  for  the  benefit  of  the 
college. 

Dr.  Armsby  resided  in  the  college  during  the  first  three  years  and 
devoted  his  whole  time  industriously  to  the  increase  and  arrangement 
of  the  specimens.  Drs.  March  and  Armsby  have  made  repeated  visits 
to  Europe,  each  time  bringing  home  numerous  additions  to  the  mu- 
seum. Professor  McNaughton's  valuable  collection  made  during  twenty 
years  of  teaching  in  the  College  of  Physicians  and  Surgeons  of  Western 
New  York,   are  all  deposited  in   this   museum.    A   large   portion  of  the 


224  Albany  Medical  College. 

museum  of  the  college  is  now  the  private  property  of  Professors  March, 
Armsby,  and  McNaughton,  and  it  is  hoped  that  they  will  leave  their 
collections  permanently  in  the  institution,  as  invaluable  legacies  to  science 
and  posterity. 

The  first  course  of  public  lectures  in  the  college  commenced  on  the  3d 
of  January,  1839,  to  a  class  of  57  students.  The  college  had  no  charter, 
and  no  power  to  confer  degrees,  and  found  determined  opposition  from 
other  colleges  in  the  state,  and  from  most  of  the  piiysicians  of  this  city. 
But  the  citizens  of  Albany  sustained  the  enterprise,  and  united  heartily 
with  the  trustees  and  faculty,  in  securing  an  act  of  incorporation  from 
the  legislature.  The  first  Saturday  of  the  term,  Dr.  March  inaugurated 
his  new  and  admirable  plan  of  holding  surgical  cliniques  in  the  college, 
and  presented  to  the  class  a  large  number  of  cases  requiring  surgical 
operations  and  treatment.  This  new  feature  in  medical  education, 
introduced  by  Dr.  March,  has  been  universally  adopted  by  medical  insti- 
tutions throughout  the  country.  Many  thousand  important  cases  have 
been  presented  and  treated  at  these  cliniques,  which  are  still  continued  at 
the  college,  although  both  medical  and  surgical  cliniques  are  held  regu- 
larly at  the  City  hospital.  All  indigent  persons  who  present  themselves 
for  surgical  treatment  are  attended  free  of  charge. 

During  the  first  few  years  of  the  College,  Dr.  Armsby  and  Mr.  Dean 
delivered  evening  lectures  to  the  public  in  the  anatomical  theatre,  which 
were  numerously  attended,  and  created  a  lively  interest  in  behalf  of  the  insti- 
tution. These  lectures  were  attended  by  our  leading  citizens,  by  members 
of  the  Legislature,  and  by  strangers  sojourning  in  Albany.  They  aided 
much  in  securing  the  charter  and  the  subsequent  appropriations  from  the 
legislature.  After  the  act  of  incorporation  was  obtained,  the  trustees 
confirmed  the  election  of  the  faculty,  and,  on  their  recommendation,  ap- 
pointed the  following  medical  gentlemen  curators,  to  attend  the  annual 
examination  of  the  candidates  for  the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Medicine  : 
Peter  Wendell,  Piatt  Williams,  Barent  P.  Staats,  Thomas  C.  Brinsmade, 
of  Troy,  and  Samuel  White,  of  Hudson. 

The  first  annual  commencement  of  the  Albany  Medical  College  was 
held  on  the  24th  of  April,  1839,  and  the  degree  of  doctor  of  medicine 
was  conferred  on  thirteen  young  gentlemen,  students  of  the  College.  In 
June  following,  Professor  Grreene  resigned  the  office  of  Prof,  of  Obstet- 
rics, and  Gunning  S.  Bedford,  of  New  York  city,  was  appointed  in  his 
place,  and  Thomas  Hun,  of  this  city,  was  appointed  Professor  of  the 
Institutes  of  Medicine. 

In  March,  184:0,  Professors  Reese  and  Bedford  resigned  their  profes- 
sorships, and  were  succeeded  by  Professor  James  McNaughton,  in  the 
department  of  the  Theory  and  Practice  of  Medicine,  and  Professor 
Emmons,  transferred  from  the  chair  of  Chemistry  to  that  of  Obstetrics, 
and  Lewis  C.  Beck  was  appointed  to  the  chair  of  Chemistry.  At  the  same 
meeting  Andrew  Kirk  and  John  I.  Wendell  resigned  the  office  of  trus- 
tee, and  Archibald  Mclntyre  and  Ezra  P.  Prentice  were  appointed.  Mr. 
Prentice  declined  the  office,  and  Isaiah  Townsend  was  appointed. 

In  February,  1841,  John  0.  Cole  resigned,  and  was  succeeded  by 
Jared  L.  Rathbone;  Israel  Williams  resigned  and  was  succeeded  by 
J.  V.  L.  Pruyn.  In  1841  Professor  McLachlan  resigned,  and  was  succeeded 
Professor  T.  Romeyn  Beck,  in  the  department  of  materia  medica.     In 


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]\Iay,  1841,  the  Legislature  made  an  appropriation  of  $5,000  per  year,  for 
three  years.  This  was  secured  mainly  through  the  personal  eflPorts  of 
Dr.  Armsby.  It  was  expended  in  the  purchase  of  a  library,  and  in  the 
increase  of  the  chemical  apparatus,  and  collections  of  the  museum.  In 
July,  Dr.  Armsby  was  elected  by  the  trustees  "  Curator  of  the  museum," 
which  office  he  has  held,  in  charge  of  the  museum,  ever  since. 

In  February,  1842,  Peter  Wendell  and  Samuel  White  having  resigned 
the  office  of  curator,  Peter  McNaughton  and  James  P.  Boyd  were  ap- 
pointed in  their  places.  June,  1845,  James  Taylor  was  elected  Trustee 
in  the  place  of  Jared  L.  Rathbonc,  deceased,  and  Daniel  Fry  and  Orlando 
Meads  in  place  of  J.  V.  L.  Pruyn  and  Archibald  Mclntyre,  resigned. 
July,  1845,  Daniel  D.  Barnard  was  elected  President  of  the  board  of 
trustees,  in  place  of  Jared  L.  Kathbone,  deceased.  December,  1846,  Joel 
A.  Wing  was  appointed  curator  in  place  of  Piatt  Williams,  resigned, 
October,  1847,  Amasa  J.  Parker  was  elected  trustee  in  place  of  John 
Davis,  deceased.  On  the  12th  of  October,  1850,  Daniel  D.  Barnard 
having  been  appointed  Minister  of  the  United  States  to  Prussia,  resic^ned 
the  office  of  President,  and  Greene  C.  Bronsou  was  elected  in  his  place 
At  the  same  meeting  Henry  H.  Martin  and  W.  W.  Forsyth  were  elected 
trustees,  in  place  of  Daniel  Fry  and  Arnold  Nelson,  deceased.  Jud^^e 
Bronson  declined  the  office  of  President,  as  he  was  about  leaving  the  city 
and  Judge  Ira  Harris,  now  United  States  Senator,  was  appointed  President 
of  the  Board  of  Trustees.  Senator  Harris  is  still  President  of  the  board 
and  professor  in  the  Law  department  of  the  University.  At  the  same  meet- 
ing John  I.  Rathbone  and  Watts  Sherman  were  elected  trustees,  in  place 
of  Greene  C.  Bronson  and  William  P.  Van  Ilensselaer,  resigned. 

In  September,  1852,  Professor  Emmons  resigned  the  chair  of  obstetrics 
and  Howard  Townsend  was  elected  in  his  place.  Professor  Townsend  is 
a  graduate  of  che  College,  and  has  enjoyed  the  advantao-es  of  European 
hospital  practice  and  study.  He  has  been  unwearied  in" his  duties  to  the 
College._  In  1852,  Isaiah  Townsend  resigned,  and  Franklin  Townsend  was 
elected  in  his  place. 

In  1852,  the  College  suffered  a  great  loss  by  the  death  of  Lewis  C. 
Beck.     Ezra  S.  Carr  was  appointed  in  his  place.     In  November,  1853 
1.  Romeyn  Beck  resigned  the  chair  of  professor  of  materia  mediea,  and 
Professor  Townsend  was  appointed  to  this  chair.     June,  1854,  Professor 
March  and  Dr.  Beck  were  elected  trustees  in  place  of  James  Taylor  and 
liriend  Humphrey,  deceased.     Thomas  W.  Olcott  was  elected  in  place  of 
Watts  Sherman,  resigned,  and  E.  E.  Kendrick  in  place  of  John  Groesbeck. 
In  December,  1854,  Robert  H.  Pruyn  was  elected  secretary  of  the  board 
of  trustees.     June,  1855,   Howard  Townsend  was  elected  professor  of 
physiology,  in  place  of  Thomas  Hun,  resigned;  and  J.  V.  P.  Quackenbush 
was  elected  professor  of  obstetrics  and  diseases  of  women  and  children 
Professor  Quackenbush  was  a  graduate  of  the  College,  and  is  a  popular 
and  efficient  teacher,  and  practitioner.     June,  1856,  U.  G.  Bigelow  was 
elected  curator.     June,  1857,  Charles  H.  Porter  was  elected  professor  of 
chemistry,  in  place  of  Professor  Carr,  resigned.     In  1859,  Professor  Dean, 
who  had_  been  connected  with  the  institution  since  its  organization,  re- 
signed his  professorship  in  the  College,  and  was  elected  trustee.     When 
the  war  commenced  Professor  Porter  entered  the  United  States  service, 
his  place  was  temporarily  supplied  by  George  H.  Barker,  who  delivered  two 
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226  Alhcmy  Medical  College. 

very  acceptable  courses  of  lectures.  In  1864,  Jacob  S.  Mosher,  a  graduate 
of  the  College,  and  the  present  able  Professor  and  Chemist,  was 
appointed  professor  of  chemistry,  pharmacy  and  medical  jurisprudence. 

Dr.  March  has  been  president  of  the  faculty  and  professor  of  surgery 
since  the  establishment  of  the  institution,  and  Dr.  Armsby  professor  of 
anatomy  and  curator  of  the  museum.  Dr.  Armsby  was  the  first  Registrar 
of  the  faculty,  and  held  the  oifice  until  July,  1842,  when  he  was  suc- 
ceeded by  Dr.  Hun.  Dr.  Hun  held  the  office  of  registrar  until  1853,  and 
was  succeeded  by  Dr.  Townsend.  Dr.  Townsend  resigned  the  office  of 
registrar  in  1856,  on  account  of  a  contemplated  tour  to  Europe,  and  Dr. 
Quackenbush  was  appointed  in  his  place.  Dr.  Quackenbush  resigned  in 
1865,  and  Dr.  Mosher,  the  present  Registrar,  was  appointed.  Thirty-four 
public  courses  of  lectures  have  been  delivered  in  the  College  ;  twenty-nine 
of  which  were  delivered  in  the  fall,  and  five  in  the  spring.  Two  hundred 
and  forty-three  graduates  of  this  College  and  five  of  the  present  faculty, 
are  known  to  have  been  in  the  United  States  service  as  volunteer  surgeons, 
or  as  commissioned  officers,  during  the  late  war. 

The  following  gentlemen  compose  the  present  faculty  :  Alden  March, 
professor  of  Surgery ;  James  H.  Armsby,  professor  of  Anatomy  ;  James 
McNaughtou,  professor  of  Medicine;  Howard  Townsend,  professor  of 
Materia  Medica  and  Physiology;  John  V.  P.  Quackenbush,  professor  of 
Obstetrics;  Jacob  S.  Mosher,  professor  of  Chemistry. 

The  Curators  of  the  College,  medical  gentlemen  of  this  city,  who  are 
present  and  take  part  in  the  annual  examinations  of  candidates  for  the 
degree  of  doctor  of  medicine,  the  last  day  of  the  session,  are  :  Barent  P. 
Staats,  M.D.,  James  P.  Royd,  M  D.,  Peter  McNaughtou,  M.D.,  U.  G. 
Bigelow,  M.D.,  J.  V.  Lansing,  M.D. 

Dr.  Staats,  the  senior  curator,  has  held  the  office  since  the  establishment 
of  the  institution,  and  has  attended  every  annual  examination.  He  has 
been  in  practice  in  this  city  nearly  fifty  years,  a  longer  time  than  any  other 
medical  practitioner  in  Albany,  and  is  still  in  full  practice,  as  hale  and 
active  as  most  men  of  forty.  Dr.  Peter  McNaughtou  and  Dr.  Boyd  have 
held  the  office  of  curator  since  1841,  and  Dr.  Bigelow  since  1856. 

The  College  building  has  recently  been  painted  and  improved,  the 
museum  is  one  of  the  most  extensive  and  valuable  in  the  country.  It  has 
been  much  enlarged  during  the  last  year  by  a  great  variety  of  casts,  models, 
specimens,  and  photographs,  illustrating  the  results  of  military  surgery  — 
the  collections  of  Dr.  Armsby,  while  in  charge  of  the  late  United  States 
Army  general  hospital  in  this  city.  The  library  numbers  about  five 
thousand  volumes  of  rare  and  valuable  medical  books.  The  working  la- 
boratory is  well  supplied  with  apparatus  for  the  use  of  students,  many  of 
of  whom  avail  themselves  of  opportunities  to  pursue  practical  chemistry, 
by  a  regular  course  of  experiments  and  manipulations.  Chemistry  is  here 
taught  as  practical  anatomy  is,  in  the  dissecting  room.  The  student  takes 
a  laboratory  ticket  and  devotes  a  portion  of  his  time  to  the  preparation  of 
medical  compounds,  and  to  testing  the  purity  of  medicines  ;  to  the  analy- 
sis of  blood,  urine,  and  the  detection  of  poisons,  and  to  all  the  numerous 
applications  of  chemistry  to  medicine  and  jurisprudence. 

Five  of  the  professors  of  the  college  are  connected  with  the  Albany 
city  hospital,  a  noble  charity,  Avhich  may  be  considered  the  ofi"spring  of 
the  college.     Fifty  genei'ous  citizens  of  Albany  have  given  each  $1000, 


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to  this  institutiou.  Fifty  others  have  given  each  S500,  and  fifty  hidies  of 
Albany,  have  given  each  $100.  The  students  have  admissions  free  of 
charge,  to  the  cliniques,  lectures,  and  practice  of  the  hospital,  which  is 
situated  in  close  proximity  to  the  college. 

Professor  March  gives  surgical  cliniques  in  the  college  regularly  du- 
ring the  term,  and  performs  a  large  number  of  surgical  operations. 
Professor  Townsend  delivers  a  very  thorough  course  of  lectures  on  clinical 
medicine,  in  the  hospital,  which  are  much  esteemed  by  the  students. 

The  Soldiers'  Home,  recently  established  in  this  city,  through  the  ef- 
forts of  Dr.  Armsby,  and  Surgeon  General  Pomfret,  affords  a  fine  school 
in  which  to    study  the  results  of  military  surgery. 

Most  of  the  fliculty  of  the  college  have  made  repeated  visits  to  Europe 
and  enjoyed  the  opportunities  afforded  in  European  schools  and  hos- 
pitals. 

Three  of  the  Faculty,  Professors  Townsend,  Quackenbush,  and  Mosher, 
are  graduates  of  the  college.  A  large  majority  of  the  Physicians  of 
Albany  are  graduates  of  this  institution. 

Two  other  noble  and  flourishing  institutions  of  Albany,  the  Law 
School,  and  the  Observatory,  owe  their  existence  to  the  enterprise  and 
personal  effort  of  those  who  founded  this  college.  Professor  Amos  Dean, 
for  20  years  professor  of  medical  jurisprudence,  in  this  college,  has 
been  the  principal  manager  of  the  Law  School,  supported  ably  by  his 
eminent  colleagues,  U.  S.  Senator  L-a  Harris,  and  Judge  Amasa  J.  Par- 
ker, all  three  of  whom  are  trustees  of  this  college.  The  college 
has  become  one  of  the  oldest,  and  most  honored  institutions  in  our  city. 
It  is  only  surpassed  in  age  by  our  Female  Academy,  and  our  Boy's 
Academy,  both  of  which  have  celebrated  their  Semi-Ceutennial  anniver- 


MEETINa  OF  THE  SCIENTIFIC  ASSOCIATION. 

On  the  20th  of  August,  1856,  the  American  Association  for  the  Ad- 
vancement of  Science  met  in  this  city.  Great  preparation  was  made  for 
the  occasion  by  the  learned  and  enterprising  portion  of  the  community, 
and  it  was  confessedly  the  most  important  meeting  the  Association  had 
held  since  its  organization,  in  all  respects.  The  eclat  of  the  event  was  in 
a  great  measure  due  to  Dr.  James  H.  Armsby,  whose  exertions  were 
untiring  for  many  months,  to  bring  together  distinguished  strangers  and 
to  provide  for  their  suitable  entertainment  when  they  should  arrive.  An 
immense  canvas  was  erected  in  the  Academy  park,  under  which  the 
ceremonies  of  the  formal  dedication  of  the  Dudley  Observatory  were  held, 
attended  by  the  largest  concourse  of  people  ever  seen  in  Albany. 


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UNIVERSITY  OF  ALBANY. 


DEPARTMENT    OP    LAW. 

This  institution,  like  the  Medical  College,  owes  its  existence  and  pros- 
perity to  individual  effort  and  perseverance.  A  few  friends  of  education 
in  this  city,  conceived  the  idea  of  establishing  a  University,  to  embrace 
the  Medical  College  as  the  Department  of  Medicine,  a  Department  of 
Law,  and  several  other  departments  of  special  science.  An  act  of  incor- 
poration was  granted  by  the  legislature  in  the  spring  of  1851.  The  act 
conferred  only  the  power  of  organizing  and  conferring  degrees,  but 
provided  no  endowments.  The  persons  who  were  most  influential  in 
obtaining  the  charter  and  in  organizing  the  institution  were  Professor 
Dean,  Dr.  Armsby,  Thomas  W.  Olcott  and  Robert  H.  Pruyn. 

The  Trustees  met  on  the  21st  of  April  1851,  and  organized  the  Law 
Department,  Thomas  W.  Olcott,  Esq.,  was  elected  President  of  the  Board 
of  Trustees,  and  Orlando  Meads,  Secretary.  Hon.  Greene  C.  Bronson  was 
elected  President  of  the  Faculty,  and  Ira  Harris,  LL.D.,  Amasa  J.  Par- 
ker, LL.D.,  and  Amos  Dean,  LL.D.,  Professors;  Judge  Bronson  removed 
to  New  York,  and  was  succeeded  by  Hon.  lleuben  H.  Walworth.  The 
same  offices  have  been  filled  by  these  gentlemen  since  the  organization 
of  the  institution.  The  Law  Faculty  immediately  prepared  to  commence 
their  first  course  of  Lectures,  the  following  winter.  They  assigned  to 
themselves  the  legal  topics  upon  which  instruction  was  to  be  given,  and 
issued  a  circular  for  the  first  term,  to  commence  on  the  third  Tuesday  of 
December,  1851. 

The  Trustees  at  the  same  time  took  steps  to  raise  a  fund  for  the  estab- 
lishment of  an  Astronomical  Observatory,  and  to  provide  for  the  delivery 
of  lectures  on  Geology  and  Mineralogy;  Chemistry,  and  its  application 
to  scientificand  practical  agriculture,  and  on  insects  injurious  to  vegetation. 
Courses  of  lectures  on  these  branches  were  delivered  the  following  winter 
by  Professor  John  P.  Norton,  Professor  James  Hall,  the  present  eminent  Cu- 
rator of  our  State  Museum,  and  by  Dr.  Goadby,  to  classes  of  about  sixty  stu- 
dents. The  expenses  of  these  courses  of  lectures  were  paid  by  the  trustees 
from  a  fund  raised  by  Dr.  Armsby  for  this  purpose  from  our  citizens. 
State  aid  and  patronage  was  invoked  for  these  much  needed  departments  of 
science  without  success.  The  sudden  death  of  Professor  Nort(m,  whose 
life  was  sacrificed  in  the  cause  of  science,  and  the  occupations  of  the 
other  gentlemen,  led  to  a  discontinuance  of  these  lectures.  Professor 
Norton  had  been  educated  abroad,  under  Liebig  and  the  most  distin- 
guished masters  of  science  of  the  old  world.  Like  all  American  students, 
heretofore,  he  was  obliged  to  seek,  in  Europe,  for  advantages  notfurnisjicd 
in  our  own  country.  He  returned  a  ripe  scholar,  with  a  fame  already 
established  by  his  numerous  contributions  to  the  agricultural  journals  oi' 
the  day.  He  was  made  professor  in  Yale  College,  and  entered  upon  his 
duties  with  brilliant  success.  But  when  the  idea  of  a  University  in  this, 
his  native  city,  was  suggested  to  him,  he  engaged  in  the  cntcrin-ise  with 
all   the  ardor   and  enthusiasm   wliicii   cliaractcrized    his  scientific  labors. 


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He  performed  the  duties  of  his  two  professorships,  lecturing  six  days  each 
week,  alternately  in  Albany  and  New  Haven.  These  efforts  were  too 
much  for  his  strength.  He  died  soon  after  the  close  of  the  first  winter 
session,  an  irreparable  loss  to  the  Institution,  and  to  Science. 

Had  his  life  been  spared,  the  trustees  would  doubtless  have  realized 
long  since,  their  plans  in  regard  to  the  agricultural  department  of  the 
University.  And  now,  after  the  lapse  of  fifteen  years,  a  citizen  of  our 
own  state,  with  a  heart  full  of  every  generous  and  noble  impulse,  is  about 
founding,  with  more  than  princely  munificence,  a  temple  of  learning  at 
Ithaca,  that  will  supply  the  great  want  of  our  country,  and  do  honoi-  to 
any  age  or  people,  t 

The  Law  School  commenced  its  career  by  the  almost  unaided  efforts 
of  its  faculty.     They  had  no  endowment,  and  the  trustees  had  uo  building 
to  give  them.     There  was  great  difficulty  in  finding  a  place  in  Albany  in 
which  to  deliver  their  lectures.     Their  first  lecture  room  was  in  the  third 
story  of  the  Exchange,  formerly  occupied  by  the  Young  Men's  Association, 
and  the  first  class  numbered  only  twenty-three  students.     The  rent,  often 
heavy,  and  all  the  incidental  expenses,  have   always  been  borne  by  the 
faculty,   and  until  within  the   last  few  years  they    have    been   obliged 
to   make  great  personal   and  pecuniary  sacrifices.     During  the  first  five 
years  the  average  attendance  did  not  exceed  forty-five  students,  and  the 
income  was  barely  enough  to  cover  expenses.  The  room  in  the  Exchange  was 
required   for  other  purposes,  and  they  were  obliged  to  move  to  Cooper 
Hall,  in  the  third  story  of  a  building  on  the  corner  of  Green  and  State 
streets.     In  1854  it  seemed  as  if  the  institution  must  be  given  up  for  the 
want  of  a  lecture  room,  although   the  classes  were  increasing  in  number 
each  year.     Mr.  Dean  was  appointed  Chancellor  of  a  University  at  the 
west,  which  promised  a  wider  field  for  usefulness  and  more  remunerative  re- 
turn for  his  labors.     Judges  Harris  and  Parker  were  fully  occupied  with 
professional  duties.  The  Law  School  had  no  local  habitation.  Mr.  Dean  left 
Albany,  and  organized  the  University  of  Iowa,  but  still  clung  with  some 
hope  to  the  city  of  his  adoption.     Under  these  circumstances  the  suspen- 
sion of  the  law  school  seemed  inevitable.    But  the  faculty  of  the  Medical 
College  offered  the  land  on  the  south  of  their  building  for  a  lecture   hall, 
and  through  the  efforts  of  Dr.  Armsby  nearly  sufficient  money  was  raised 
to  erect  a  hall,  that  would  seat  one  hundred  students.     This  was  deemed 
ample  for  the  future.     But  in   1860  it  became  necessary  to  enlarge  the 
building,  and  to  provide    accommodations  for  a  library.     This,  together 
with  the  librai-y  and  a  part  of  the  original  building  and   furnitui^,  has 
been  done  entirely  at  the  expense  of  the  faculty.     Since  the  erection  of 
this  hall  the  classes  have  increased  rapidly.     The  first  two  years  of  the  war, 
by    the  great  number  of  patriotic  young  men  who  entered  the  service, 
the  size  of  the  class  very  much  diminished.     But  during  the  past  three 
years  the  classes  have  been  larger  than  ever  before,  and  seem  to  be  con- 
stantly increasing.    The  present  accommodations  are  now  quite  insufficient, 
and  the  faculty  are  looking  for  a  site  on  which,  with  the  aid  of  our  citizens, 
they  hope  to  be  able  to  erect  a  new  and  more  spacious  edifice.     The  present 
class  of  students  numbers  140,  who  represent  almost  every  part  of  the 
Union.     One  class  has  represented  among  its  members  twenty  states  of 
the  Union  and  twenty-eight  colleges. 

'  Senator  Cornell,  of  Ithaca. 


232  Medical  Society  of  the  County  of  Albany. 

The  faculty,  in  the  erection  of  a  new  hall,  will  be  called  upon  to  make 
another  pecuniary  contribution  to  the  institution,  which,  after  the  long 
years  of  patient  labor  and  sacrifice,  they  can  hardly  afford.  But  they  are 
determined  that  no  effort  or  sacrifice  on  their  part  shall  be  wanting  to 
render  the  institution  worthy  of  our  city  and  the  state.  Most  of  the  stu- 
dents in  attendance  reside  in  our  city  during  the  greater  part  of  the  year, 
and  add  to  its  material  prosperity. 

No  change  has  been  made  in  the  faculty  since  the  organization  of  the 
institution.  It  commenced  witli  one  term  of  four  months  each  year,  two 
such  terms  being  required  to  constitute  a  full  course,  and  entitle  the 
graduation.  After  three  years'  experience  it  was  changed  to  two  terms 
a  year,  of  twelve  weeks  each,  and  three  terms  were  required  for  gradua- 
tion. Another  term  has  since  been  added,  and  a  full  course  of  three 
terms,  of  three  months  each,  is  included  in  a  year. 

By  a  law  of  the  state  the  graduates  are  entitled  to  practice  as  attorneys 
and  counsellors,  in  all  the  courts  of  this  state. 

The  winter  term  commences  in  November,  the  spring  term  in  March, 
and  the  fall  term  in  September.  Each  term  is  an  independent  course, 
and  complete  as  to  the  instruction  embraced  in  it. 

The  students  have  the  advantage  of  the  immense  law  library  of  the 
state,  and  of  all  the  terms  of  the  supreme  court  and  court  of  appeals. 

Senator  Harris  lectures  on  Practice,  Pleading  and  Evidence ;  Judge 
Parker  on  Pieal  Estate,  Criminal  Law  and  Personal  Right ;  Professor 
Dean  on  Personal  Property,  Contract  and  Commercial  Law.  Prof.  Dean 
conducts  the  moot  courts,  which  are  held  twice  regularly,  during  each 
week. 


MEDICAL  SOCIETY  OF  THE  COUNTY  OF  ALBANY. 

At  a  meeting  of  several  physicians  of  the  city  of  Albany  on  the  first 
Tuesday  in  July,  1806,  agreeably  to  an  act  entitled  "  An  act  to  incorpo- 
rate Medical  Societies  for  the  purpose  of  regulating  the  practice  of 
physic  and  surgery  in  this  state,  passed  18th  March,  1806,"  and  a  suf- 
ficient number  to  form  a  quorum  not  appearing,  they  agreed  to  meet  again 
for  the  above  purpose  on  Tuesday,  29fh  July  following  ;  and  the  physicians 
and  surgeons  of  the  county  were  notified  accordingly. 

Agreeably  to  the  time  appointed  by  adjournment,  a  meeting  of  the 
physicians  and  surgeons  of  the  city  and  county  of  Albany,  was  held  at  the 
City  Hall  in  the  city  of  Albany,  on  Tuesday,  29th  July,  1806,  for  the 
purpose  of  forming  themselves  into  a  Medical  Society,  conformably  to  an 
"act  of  the  legislature  of  this  state  passed  the  18th  March,  1806,  to 
incorporate  Medical -Societies  for  regulating  the  practice  of  physic  and 
surgery  within  this  state." 

The  following  gentlemen  convened,  and  proceeded  to  form  themselves 
into  a  society  :  Wilhelmus  IMancius,  Albany  ;  Hunloke  Woodruff,  Albany ; 
William  McClelland,  Albany ;  John  G.  Knauff',  Albany;  Caleb  Gauff, 
Bethlehem;  Augustus  Harris,  Bethlehem  ;  Joseph  W.  liegeman,  Sche- 
nectady;  Cornelius  Vrooman  Jr.,  Schenectady;  Alexander  G.  Fonda, 
Schenectady ;  Charles  D.  Townsend,  Albany. 


AThany  County  Medical  Society.  233 

Willielnuis  Mancius  was  elected  to  the  chair,  and  Charles  D.  Town- 
send  secretary.  The  members  then  proceeded  by  ballot  to  the  choice  of 
officers.  Hunloke  WoodruflF  was  unanimously  elected  president ;  William 
McClelland,  vice  president;  Charles  D.  Townsend,  secretary;  John  G-. 
Knauff,  treasurer. 

Resolved,  That  the  board  of  censors  shall  consist  of  five  members, 
chosen  from  among  the  physicians  and  surgeons  of  the  city  and  county  of 
Albany.  And  the  following  were  elected  by  ballot  to  that  office  :  Wil- 
liam McClelland,  Albany;  William  Anderson,  Schenectady;  Charles  D. 
Townscnd,  Albany;  Joseph  W.  Hegeman,  Schenectady;  Ellas  Willard, 
Watervliet. 

The  Society  is  still  in  existence,  and  the  late  Dr.  Sylvester  D.  Willard 
published  a  volume  of  its  transactions,  down  to  the  year  1851,  in  which 
he  says  : 

The  Medical  Society  of  the  County  of  Albany  has  existed  for  more 
than  half  a  century.  Its  beginning  was  small,  and  its  growth  has  been 
necessarily  slow.  Its  meetings  have  been  he.d  with  a  great  degree  of 
regularity,  and  brief  records  of  them  have  been  preserved.  The  increased 
interest  that  attaches  to  these  records  after  so  long  a  period  and  the 
importance  of  placing  them  in  form  for  more  permanent  preservation, 
has  induced  their  publication.  It  is  to  be  regretted  that  the  limits  of 
the  volume  could  only  embrace  the  records  to  the  year  1851,  as  since 
that  date  the  society  has  gained  new  vitality,  and  its  members  are  the 
active  professional  men  of  the  present  day.  But  the  sphere  of  this  volume 
is  with  the  past,  rather  than  with  the  present.  It  is  a  painful  thought  that 
after  long  lives,  and  useful  in  the  walks  of  a  noble  profession,  the  mem- 
ory of  us  so  soon  ceases,  and  we  are  known  not  even  by  name  to  those 
who  fill  our  places.  It  is  with  a  view  of  preserving  a  full  history  of  the 
Medical  Society,  and  of  placing  beyond  the  reach  of  immediate  forget- 
fulness,  some  notice  of  those  who  have  been  its  members,  that  biographi- 
cal sketches  of  them  have  been  written.  Among  the  number  are  several 
whose  names  are  well  known  all  over  the  country,  and  wherever  medical 
science  has  extended. 

The  volume  contains  not  only  the  complete  transactions  of  the  society 
from  1806  to  1851,  but  also  carefully  written  biographical  sketches  of 
such  members  as  had  deceased  at  the  time  when  the  work  was  published. 
The  author  contemplated  an  additional  volume,  but  was  himself  suddenly 
called  upon  to  pay  the  debt  of  nature  very  soon  after  the  issue  of  his 
valuable  contribution  to  medical  history,  in  which  he  sought  to  preserve 
the  memory  of  the  fraternity. 


Hist  Coll.  a.  30 


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JOHN  N.    CAMPBELL,  DD. 

John  N  Campbell  was  born  in  Pliiladelpliia,  of  very  respectable 
parentage,  on  the  4th  of  March,  1798.  His  maternal  grandfather  was 
Robert  Aitken,  well  known  as  the  publisher  of  the  first  English  edition 
of  the  Bible  in  this  country.  After  being  for  several  years  a  pupil  of 
that  celebrated  teacher  James  Ross,  he  entered  the  University  of  Penn- 
sylvania ;  but  from  the  fact  that  his  name  does  not  appear  on  the  catalogue 
of  graduates,  it  is  presumed  that  he  did  not  complete  his  collegiate  course. 
He  pursued  his  theological  studies  for  some  time  under  the  direction  of 
Dr.  Ezra  Stiles  Ely,  of  Philadelphia,  but  subsequently  went  to  A^irginia, 
where  he  prosecuted  his  studies  still  further,  and  became  temporarily 
connected  as  teacher  of  languages  with  Hampden  Sydney  college.  He 
was  licensed  to  preach  by  the  Presbytery  of  Hanover,  on  the  10th  of 
May,  1817  ;  and  his  first  efforts  in  the  pulpit  were  in  the  heart  of  the 
Old  Dominion.  In  tbe  autumn  of  1820  he  was  chosen  chaplain  to  con- 
gress, and  discharged  the  duties  of  that  difficult  place  to  great  accept- 
ance. He  subsequently  returned  to  Virginia,  and  exercised  his  minis- 
try, temporarily,  in  several  different  places,  until  1828,  when  he  became 
the'  assistant  of  the  venerable  Dr.  Balch,  of  Georgetown. _  In  1824  or 
1825,  he  took  charge  of  the  New  York  Avenue  church,  in  Washington 
citv,  where  his  great  popularity  very  soon  crowded  their  place  of  worship. 
In"^ January,  1825,  he  was  elected  one  of  the  managers  of  the  American 
Colonization  society,  and  held  the  office,  discharging  its  duties  with  great 
vigor  and  fidelity,  for  about  six  years.  It  was  during  his  pastorate  in 
Washino-ton,  that  the  late  Chief  Justice  Ambrose  Spencer,  then  a  mem- 
ber of  congress,  recommended  him  to  the  First  Presbyterian  congrega- 
tion in  Albany,  at  that  time  vacant,  as  a  suitable  person  to  become  their 
pastor ;  and  the  result  was  that,  shortly  after,  he  received  a  call,  and  on 
the  llth  of  September,  1831,  was  regularly  installed  in  the  pastoral  re- 
lation. In  1835  he  was  honored  with  the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Divinity 
from  the  college  of  New  Jersey. 

Durino-  the  whole  period  of  Dr.  Campbell's  ministry  in  Albany,  he  was 
uniformly  at  his  post,  except  during  a  few  weeks  in  the  summer,  which  he 
usually  spent  in  relaxation  at  Lake  George.  He  was,  for  many  years,  one 
of  the  Regents  of  the  University  of  the  State  of  New  York  —  an  office 
which  involved  a  vast  amount  of  labor  in  addition  to  his  professional  en- 
o-aoements  ;  but  by  great  and  systematic  industry,  he  wss  enabled  to  meet 
the  varied  demands  which  were  made  upon  him,  though  he  could  never 
be  said  to  enjoy  vigorous  health.  He  died,  after  an  illness  of  about  five 
days,  on  Sunday  morning,  the  29th  of  March,  1864,  a  few  days  more 
than  sixty-six  years  of  age. 

Dr.  Campbell  was  in  many  respects  a  man  of  mark.  With  a  bright  eye, 
and  keen  and  earnest  expression  of  countenance,  he  united  a  graceful  and 
agile    frame,  and   highly  cultivated    and  agreeable    manners.     He  had  a 


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Dudley  B.  P.  Dutch  Church.  235 

large  store  of  general  information,  insomuch  that  scarcely  any  subject 
could  be  introduced  upon  which  he  was  not  able  to  express  an  intelli- 
gent opinion.  He  had  a  fine  flow  of  spirits,  and  great  command  of  lan- 
guage, and  was  very  likely  to  be  the  life  as  well  as  the  light  of  any  company 
into'^which  he  was  thrown.  His  discourses  in  the  pulpit  were  short,  pithy 
and  pointed,  and  their  effect  was  not  a  little  heightened  by  an  impressive, 
graceful,  and  sometimes  startling  elocution.  He  had  great  executive 
ability,  and  had  a  measure  of  perseverance  that  never  faltered  before  any 
obstacle  not  absolutely  insuperable.  His  death  was  regarded  as  a  public 
calamity. 


DUDLEY  REFORMED  PROTESTANT  CHURCH. 

This  was  an  off-shoot  of  the  Third  Kef  Prot.  Dutch  Church,  worship- 
ping on  the  corner  of  Green  and  Ferry  streets.  In  1860,  a  number  of 
the^congregation  went  out  under  the  Kev.  Mr.  Dickson,  and  founded  a 
new  church  under  the  above  title.  Mrs.  Blandina  Dudley  made  a  sub- 
scription of  $15,000  towards  the  erection  of  a  church  edifice,  for  which 
o-round  was  broken  on  Monday,  Sept.  17,  I860,  in  Lancaster,  south  side, 
above  Hawk.  The  building  is  one  hundred  and  ten  feet  deep  by  sixty- 
five  wide  and  is  of  brick,  with  two  towers  of  an  hundred  and  fifty  feet. 
The  estimated  cost  is  $30,000.  The  corner  stone  was  laid  on  the  29th 
Oct.,  1860.  Tiie  following  articles  were  deposited  :  "  Bible,  Constitution 
of  the  R.  P.  Dutch  Church,  Rev.  Dr.  Rogers'  Historical  Discourse,  Acts 
of  General  Synod  1860,  Minutes  of  Particular  Synod  of  Albany  1860, 
Christian  Intelligencer  Oct.  25,  1860,  Barnard's  Discourse  on  Gen.  Ste- 
phen Van  Rensselaer,  Albany  Directory  1859,  N.  Y.  Legislative  Manual 
1859,  Albany  Evening  Journal,  Albany  Evening  Standard,  Albany  Eve- 
ning Statesman,  Albany  Argus,  Albany  Times,  Albany  Express,  x\lbany 
Knfckerbocker,  an  account  of  the  Church  from  its  organization  to  the 
present  time,  a  few  coins."  The  box  in  which  these  were  deposited  was 
made  and  presented  by  C.  Whitney,  Esq.  An  address  was  delivered  by 
Dr.  Rogers,  followed  by  the  singing  of  two  stanzas  of  the  118th  Psalm, 
and  ending  by  prayer  by  Rev.  Mr.  Larimore  and  the  benediction  by 
Dr.  Wyckoff.  The  enterprise  did  not  succeed ;  the  Rev.  Mr.  Dickson 
resi'-ned  in  Sept.,  1861,  and  the  edifice  was  sold  to  St.  Paul's  Society. 


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THE  CITY  RECOKDS. 


1784. 

At  a  Common  Council  held   the  SO^h  day  of  January,  1784,  at  the  City 

Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany — Present  John  G.  Beekman,  Esq^,  Mayor, 

Peter  W.  Yates,  Thomas   Hun,  Peter  W.  Bouw,  Abraham   Schuyler, 

Esq>S  Aid"",  Richard  Lush,  Jacob  G.    Lansing,   Matthew  Visscher, 

Assistants. 

Resolved  that  unless  the  late  Chamberlain  within  three  days  from  this 
date  deliver  all  the  Books  and  papers  in  his  Possession  to  the  present 
Chamberlain  he  be  Prosecuted. 

Resolved  that  Peter  W.  Yates  Esqr,  be  directed  Immediately  to  write 
Letters,  as  Attorney,  to  the  Tenants  of  this  Board  at  Schaghtekook,  and 
who  are  lately  Prosecuted,  acquainting  them  that  unless  they  Pay  this 
Winter,  the  wheat  stipulated  in  the  Agreement  for  the  stay  of  the  suits, 
that  they  must  depend  on  being  prosecuted. 

Resolved  that  Peter  W.  Yates  Esq^,  be  Directed  to  pay  the  Money 
he  has  Received  from  John  Knickerbacker  Jun,  for  this  lioard,  to  Pe- 
ter Van  Ness  Esq'',  on  the  Bond  he  has  against  this  Board. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts,  (to  wit)  :  The  Executors  of  Wessel  van  Schaick  £3: 
0:0^ ;  Gerrit  van  Vranken  £1:18:0;  Thomas  Hunn  £2:0:0. 

Resolved  that  the  Treasurer  be  directed  to  Call  upon  M^.  Isaac  D. 
Fonda  for  the  payment  of  the  iNIoney  due  from  him  to  this  Board  for  the 
Docks  last  year. 

Resolved  that  Matthew  Visscher  Esq"",  be  and  he  is  hereby  impowered 
to  Receive  from  any  person  or  Persons  who  are  indebted  to  this  Board 
such  a  Sum  of  Money  as  may  be  sufficient  to  pay  off  the  demand  M^ 
James  Collwell  has  against  this  Board. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  for  the  fol- 
lowing Quantities  of  Wheat — one  in  favour  of  Thomas  Seeger  for  two 
Baggs;  John  J.  Redlif  D'^  two  Baggs ;  John  Ostrander  two  Baggs; 
Jonathan  Brooks  two  Baggs. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  Richard  Lush  Twenty  Six  Pounds 
out  of  the  Money  he  is  to  Receive  from  Isaac  D.  Fonda,  it  being  for  so 
much  money  by  him  paid  Henry  Schaef  for  Dock  Timber. 

At  a  Common  Council   held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  on 

the  6t''  February,  1784 — Present  M--.  Mayor,  Mr.  Recorder,  Peter  W. 

Yates,  Thomas  Hun,  Peter  W.  Douw,  Esq^*,  Aldermen,  Richard  Lush, 

Matthew  Visscher,  Jacob  G.  Lansing,  Assistants. 

Resolved  that  the  several  Docks  and  Wharfes  belonging  to  the  City,  be 
sold  at  Public  Vendue,  on  Saturday  the  28  day  of  February  instant,  at 
Ten  o'clock  in  the  forenoon  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany. 

Resolved    that   the   Clerk  draw    an  order   on  the  Chamberlain    to   pay 


Jolin  J.  Beehnan,  Mayor.  237 

John  Ostrander  five  Pounds  ten  shillings  in  Wheat,  at  five  Shillings  f 

""  th'e  2S^7Ln:^j"mt  "'  '''  ""^'^  '''"  ''  *''  ""'''  ''  ^'""'^^  -^ 
This  day  pursuant  to  advertisement  the  Income  and  Profits  arisin- 
from  the  several  Docks  and  Wharfes  belonging  to  this  Board  in  the  ensu''- 
ing  year  were  sold  at  Public  Auction  to  Volkert  A.  Douw,  for  the  sum 
ot  beventytwoPounus  tobe  paid  in  two  payments  (to  wit)  :  the  one 
half  on  the  first  day  ot  August  next,  and  the  Remainder  half  on  the  first 
day  of  January  next,  and  that  Security  be  given  for  the  payments. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 
24  March  1  84-Present  M'-.  Mayor,  M''.  Recorder,  Peter  W.  Yates 
^?  Eso'     AH  "^'  "^'t-  f-  i'?"-/^  "  ^'^"^^^^^^•'  ^b-bam  ScSuy: 

Bu^h^:t:^;^Si::!f  "^  ^'^  ^'''^  '^*^^^^  ^^^^  ^^^^  -^  «-- 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  in  favour 
of  Thomas  Seeger  for  six  skipples  of  Wheat,  and  that  the  same  be 
l^liarged  to  his  account. 

Resolved  that  M^.  Peter  Sharp  be  and  he  is  hereby  directed  to  Re- 
move the  House,  Fences  and  Materials  on  the  Lott  lately  purchased  from 

NZCy"  lri\  f'"^'^  '^'^  '^^^'^''^  next,and%hatin  case  of 
Neglect  or  Refusal,  he  be  not  permitted  to  Remove  the  same 

M'  Lotteridgo  the  Perry  Man  was  this  day  informed  that  in  Case  he 
sdiould  exact  any  higher  Rate  for  Ferryage  than  is  established  by  the 
0  dinance  or  should  be  guilty  of  any  Infraction  of  the  Ordinancef  the 
said  Board  would  imed lately  dispose  of  the  Ferry  to  others 

A  petition  of  S'.Legger  Cowley  praying  for  the  use  of  an  Acre  of 
Land  adjoyning  tbe  Barracks,  was  read  and  filed. 

fl^ff  !?  w'^S^V  P™y«^t'^ereof  be  granted  and  that  the  Members  of 
he  Second  Ward  lay  out  the  said  Acre  of  Land  in  such  manner  as  may 
DC  least  incommodious.  ■^ 

^27.?day"o7  "ml  '''  '''  ""''''  '''''  ''  ''''  "^''^  ''  ^'"^'^'^^  '"^^ 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  Seven  be  appointed  to  prepare  an  Ordi- 

Ci;vLd'th>^"'''"^^"  ''V'  t^'''^'  "^^'^  -^^  Merc'haiidizes  in  tl^L 
m  tie  i        '^T'f'-  °^  '-^"y  Trade  or  Occupation  therein.     The  Com- 

McClalW        1    V  l^'  P":;PT  .'^■^'  ^^'-  ^^'''^'^''^  Aldermen  Schuyler, 
McClallen   and    lates  and  Assistants  Lush,    Visscher  and  Gansevoort 

Resolved  that  said  Committee  Report  by  Monday  next 
Saughteiing  Bussiness   at  any  place  in    this   City,    except   in    the  old 
fo  Kill  n    ^m"    Tr"f  ^l""^'  ^'''''  '-'"^  ^^'  ^^y  ^"t^l^^r  shall   presume 
mvlL  'll   U^'        .''f  ^^'•'  ^'  •'^'^"^  ^''  every  such  offence  forfeit  and 
pay  1^01  ty  Shillings,  to  be  Levied  by  Warrant,  agreeable  to  the  Charter 


238  2he  City  .Records,  1784. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 

3   day  of  May,   1784— Present   M'.  Mayor,  Peter  W.  Yates,  Thomas 

Hun,    Peter  W.   Douw,  Ph:  v.  Kensseler,  Abraham   Schuyler,  Robert 

McClallen,  Esq'"'^,  Aldermen,  Jacob  Gr.  Lansing,   Matthew   Visscher, 

Le.  Gansevoort  Jun'',  Richard  Lush,  Assistants. 

Resolved  that  a  Bond  be  executed  by  M''.  Mayor  and  the  Public  Seal 
affixed  thereto,  to  James  Bloodgood  for  the  sum  of  seventy  four  pounds 
with  Interest  from  the  first  day  of  August  last,  it  being  in  part  payment 
of  the  Debt  due  from  this  Board  to  Hugh  Denniston. 

Resolved  that  the  Lotts  south  of  John  W.  Wendell  Lot,  to  the  street 
at  Thomas  Lansings,  be  sold  at  public  vendue  on  Monday  next  at  Two 
o'clock  in  the  afternoon,  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  and 
that  the  Clerk  imediately  put  up  Advertisements  in  this  City,  and  publish 
the  same  in  next  Saturdays  paper,  and  that  the  same  be  Cash  only. 

Resolved  that  the  money  ariseing  from  the  sale  of  the  above  Lotts  be 
appropriated  to  the  payment  of  the  Timber  purchased  for  the  Docks  and 
the  makeing  &  Repairing  s''  Docks. 

Resolved  all  the  Monies  due  to  this  Board  be  paid  to  the  Chamberlain 
and  be  by  him  applied  to  such  uses  as  the  Board  shall  from  time  to  time 
Direct. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  do,  on  or  before  the  fifteenth  Instant, 
Render  an  account  of  all  the  Rents  and  Monies  due  to  this  Board. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  the  deed  for  the  Lott  formerly  sold  to 
John  William  Dec'  to  Cornelia  William  the  Widow,  and  that  the  same 
be  laid  before  this  Board  at  their  next  meeting. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  10"'  Ma^?,  1784. 
This  day  pursuant  to  Notice  Two  of  the  Lotts  Advertised  for  sale,  to 
wit,  the  two  adjoyning  John  W.  Wendell,  were  sold  to  Leonard  Ganse- 
voort Esq'',  the  one  adjoyning  to  Wendells  containing  Thirty  eight  feet 
Front  &  Rear  and  one  hundred  feet  in  Depth,  for  one  Hundred  and 
Twenty  Pounds,  and  the  other  containing  Thirty  three  feet  in  Breadth 
front  &  Rear  and  one  Hundred  feet  in  Debth,  for  ninety  one  Pounds. 
Ordered  that  the  Clerk  draw  Deeds  for  the  same. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 
15t'  May,  1784— Present  M>-.  Mayor,  Peter  W.  Yates,  Robert  Mc- 
Clallen, Peter  W.  Douw,  Phi.  v.  Rensseler,  Abraham  Schuyler,  Tho- 
mas Hun,  Esq''%  Aldermen,  Matthew  Visscher,  Richard  Lush.  Assis- 
tants. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  and  Assistants  of  the  second  ward  super- 
intend the  Repairs  necessary  to  be  made  to  the  Middle  Dock. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  and  Assistants  of  the  Third  ward  Super- 
intend the  Repairs  necessary  to  be  made  to  the  North  Dock. 

Resolved  that  Volkert  A.  Douw  be  appointed  under  the  Direction  of 
the  said  Aldermen  and  Assistants  to  superintend  the  Repairs  necessary  to 
be  made  to  the  several  Docks  in  this  City,  that  he  keep  a  Check  ]3ook 
and  particularly  see  that  the  workmen  perform  their  work  faithfully,  and 
that  for  every  Days  attendance  during  the  Repairs  he  be  allowed  four 
shillings  "^  diem. 

Resolved  that  the  Committee  appointed  to  Tiiquidat-c  and  Settle  the 
accounts  of  this  Board  be  and   are  hereby  impowcred   to  draw  on  the 


John  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  239 

Chamberlain  for  any  Quantity  of  Wheat,  not  exceeding  five  hundred 
skiple,  to  discharge  the  small,  and  in  proportion  to  the  whole,  the  Lar^-^e 
accounts,  and  that  the  said  wheat  be  issued  at  the  Market  Price.  "^ 

Kesolved  that  the  Members  of  the  first  ward  be  a  Committee  to  cause 
the  two  Lotts  lately  sold  to  Leonard  Gansevoort  Esqi-,  to  be  Surveyed 
and  that  the  Clerk  fill  up  the  Boundries  in  the  Deed  accordingly. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  IS''^  May,  1784. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  deliver  out  the  wheat  in  payment  of  the 
Debts  at  six  shillings  f  skiple  and  that  he  also  sell  the  same  at  the  same 
price  or  rate. 

Resolved  that  the  stone  of  the  Fort  be  appropriated  to  such  public 
Bridges  and  repairs  as  may  be  necessary  in  this  City,  and  that  Aldermen 
Hun,  lates  &  Rensselaer  be  a  Committee  to  inspect  the  Fort  and  walls 
and  Report  from  what  part  of  the  Fort  the  stone  ought  to  be  taken. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  the  21^i  May,  1784. 

Resolved  that  all  Persons  who  are  indebted  to  this  Board  be  Prosecut- 
ed unless  they  pay  or  settle  their  Respective  Ballances  on  or  before  the 
first  day  of  June  next. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  Imediately  Call  upon  all  Persons  in- 
debted to  this  Board  for  payment,  and  that  he  be  impowered  to  take 
Bonds  and  notes  for  the  Respective  Ballances,  payable  in  six  months 
alter  date. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  Matthew  Visscher  Escr  the 
amount  of  James  Caldwells  account.  ' 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  the  following  accounts  (to  wit)  : 
Henry,  McClallen  &  Heury  £56:8:7;  Robert  McClallen  Esq--  £3:19. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  24">  May,  1784. 

The  Clerk  laid  before  the  Board  the  Deed  to  Leonard  Gansevoort  Esqr 
for  the  Lotts  lately  sold  him,  and  on  examination,  ordered  that  the  Mayor 
sign  the  same  and  that  the  City  Seal  be  thereto  afixed,  which  was  done 
accordingly. 

Resolved  unanimously  that  Possession  be  taken  imediately  of  the  store 
commonly  Called  the  New  Store,  and  that  for  that  Purpose  a  Lease  be 
dnxwn  to  John  David,  for  the  Consideration  of  five  shillings,  to  hold  for 
the  Term  of  one  month  from  the  Date. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  IS'i'  June,  1784. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  Six  be  appointed  to  Superintend  the 
making  of  the  Stone  Bridges,  to  agree  with  the  workmen  and  to  direct 
where  the  Stone  is  to  be  taken  from.  The  Committee  Chosen  for  the 
purpose  are  Aldermen  Yates,  Schuyler,  Douw  &  McClallen  and  assist- 
ants  Jacob  G-.  Lansing  &  Richard  Lush. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  to  Alderman  Schuyler  Thirty  two 
pounds  sixteen  shillings,  being  for  the  like  sum  by  him  Borrowed  of 
Alderman  Yates  to  pay  for  Dock  Timber. 

Resolved  also  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  to  the  said  Abraham  Schuyler 
Esq--  the  sum  of  Eleven  pounds  Eighteen  shillings,  being  for  the  like 
sum  by  him  advanced  for  two  Bulls. 

Resolved  that   the  Chamberlain   pay  the  following    accounts  (to  wit)  : 


240  Ihe  City  Recorch,  1784. 

rhilip  Elswortli  £1:11:6;  John  Hall  £2:12:0;  Thomas  Nclsou  £1:4:0; 
Duncan  Farguson  £13:6:0;  Jacob  Bleeker  Juu^  £8:16:0. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  9'h  July,  1784. 

The  Board  being  informed  that  sundry  Persons  in  Possession  of  Lands 
adjoyning  the  Low  Lands  Belonging  to  this  Board  at  Fort  Hunter,  intend 
to  Locate  the  same  as  appropriated  Property,  and  as  the  said  Lands  have 
previously  been  Located  by  M''.  Recorder  for  the  use  of  this  Board  : 
Therefore 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  three  be  appointed  to  wait  on  General 
Schuyler  and  desire  him  not  to  receive  any  Locations  on  said  Lands. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  15ii>  July,  1784. 
Resolved   that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay 
Glen  &  Bleeker  the  amount  of  their  account,  £11:13:82. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  2'"!  August,  1784. 
Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain   to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit)  :  To  Robert  Lewis  £45:14:0  ;  Hugh  Dennis- 
ton  £3:6:6. 

Resolved  that  the  Members  of  the  second  ward,  or  any  two  of  them, 
be  and  are  hereby  empowered  to  Contract  and  finally  agree  with  Sarah 
Visscher  and  the  other  Persons  intrested  with  her  for  the  purchase  of  a 
Lott  of  Ground  which  they  claim,  lying  near  Foxes  Creek  and  adjoyning 
the  street,  and  that  they  Report  with  all  Convenient  Speed. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  Abel 
Mudfje  and  Simeon  Dudley  each  three  pounds  on  account,  and  also  to 
Jonathan  Brooks  six  pounds  on  account. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  Yates  be  directed  to  obtain,  for  the  use  of  this 
Board,  the  sum  of  six  hundred  Pounds,  and  that  this  Board  will  Give 
such  security  for  the  payment  of  the  same  as  may  be  Requisite. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  each 
of  the  Masons  Three  Pounds,  and  each  of  the  Attendants  Forty  shillings 
on  Account. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  John  Ostrauder,  for  two  Baggs  of  Wheat. 

Resolved  that  the  late  Chamberlain  do  within  one  fortnight  state  his 
accounts  with  this  Board,  or  that  he  be  prosecuted. 

Resolved  that  the  present  Chamberlain  do  also  within  one  fortnight 
state  his  accounts  with  this  Board,  and  Commence  Prosecutions  for  the 
Ballances  due. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  3^^i  August,  1784. 
The  Committee  appointed  yesterday  to  agree  with  the  Widow  Sarah 
Visscher  for  the  Lott  nevx  Foxes  Creek,  Reported  that  in  Conferring 
with  her  they  have  agreed  to  Give  her  in  exchange  therefor  the  Lott  of 
John  N.  Bleeker,  and  to  Remove  the  stable  on  her  Lott  to  the  adjoyning 
Lott,  and  that  John  N.  Bleeker  will  accept  in  payment  for  his  Lott  a 
Lott  adjoyning  the  Lott  of  John  Ostrander. 

Resolved  that  the  Board  approve  the  same  and  that  Deeds  be  executed 
accordingly. 

The  Committee  also  Report,  that  they  had  Conferred  with  Cornells 
van  Schelluyne  on  the  subject  of  Exchanging  his  ground  near  the  Foxes 


John  J.  Beehnan,  Mayor.  241 

Creek  for  the  street  back  of  Coll'^.  Lansings  Lott ;  that  upon  such  Con- 
ferrence  they  had  agreed  in  the  following  manner  :  That  the  Board  shall 
Convey  to  the  said  Cornelis  van  Scheluyne  the  street  back  of  Coll".  Lan- 
sings Lott  and  execute  a  Bond  for  the  payment  of  £50  Pound ;  That  the 
said  Cornelis  van  Scheluyne  shall  thereupon  Convey  to  this  Board  all  his 
ground  which  may  be  Contained  in  the  Wedth  of  Pearl  street,  from 
Coll".  Lansings  House  to  the  House  in  the  Possession  of  M'.  Gilliland, 
and  at  his  own  expence  Remove  with  all  Convenient  speed  all  the  Build- 
ings that  may  be  thereon. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  9'i'  August,  1784. 

Eesolved  that  no  Repairs  at  any  time  be  done  or  made  in  this  City,  the 
expense  whereof  will  amount  to  more  than  Forty  Shillings,  without  the 
Direction  of  this  Board. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  23  August,  1784. 

The  Commissioners  of  this  State  being  about  to  hold  a  Treaty  with  the 
six  Nations  of  Indians  in  a  few  days,  and  as  it  is  probable  the  Intrest 
this  Board  have  in  Lands  in  Montgomery  County  may  come  in  Question  : 

Therefore  Resolved,  that  the  Clerk  take  with  him  all  such  Deeds  and 
papers  as  are  in  the  Possesion  of  this  Board  or  any  of  its  Officers,  as  in 
any  manner  Respect  the  Lands  of  this  Board  in  Montgomery  County,  to 
be  made  use  of  and  laid  before  the  Commissioners,  in  Case  the  same 
should  be  Necessary. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  of  the  first  ward  be  empowered  to  cause 
the  Wells,  Pumps  &  Cisterns  in  the  same  to  be  sufficiently  Repaired,  any 
Resolution  of  this  Board  respecting  Expence  to  the  Contrary  notwith- 
standing, and  that  they  be  empowered  to  take  Stone  for  the  purpose  from 
the  Fort. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  'i2n<i  Sep^,  1784. 

Resolved  that  all  the  Timber  belonging  to  this  Board  be  appropriated 
to  the  finishing  the  upper  Dock  and  that  the  same  be  compleated  without 
delay. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  23  Sep--.,  1784. 

The  Mayor  laid  before  the  Board  a  Letter  he  had  Received  from  Tim- 
othy Pickering  Esq'",  late  Quarter  Master  General,  dated  the  S^''  July, 
1784,  at  New  York,  which  is  on  file. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit)  :  To  David  Smith  &  William  Orson  £2:0:0; 
Henry  van  Wie  &  Gerrit  Bratt  £0:18:0;  Richard  Lush  £0:11:0. 

Whereas  it  has  been  represented  to  this  Board  that  James  Bloodgood, 
in  Building  a  Store  House  in  the  third  ward,  has  encroached  on  the 
East  and  south  on  the  Public  Street : 

Resolved  that  he  be  requested  to  remove  such  encroachments  and 
Build  in  a  proper  Range  with  the  Street,  and  that  the  City  Surveyor 
Survey  and  Range  the  same  accordingly,  or  that  this  Board  will  proceed 
in  the  premises  according  to  Law. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  28ti>  Sep'.,  1784.  _ 
Resolved   that   at   the  ensuing  Election,  on  the  29'''  Instant,  an  addi- 
tional Constable  be  Chosen  in  each  of  the  Wards  of  this  City. 

Resolved  that  the  upper  Dock,  the  small  Dock  at  Truaxes,  and  the 
several  Ice  Breakers  at  the  several  Docks  be  finished  without  delay,  and 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  31 


242  The  City  Records,  1784. 

that  no  other  stone  Bridges  be  made  during  this  Year,  but  that  such 
Bridges  as  are  yet  out  of  Repair,  be  repaired  in  such  a  manner  as  to 
make  them  passable  for  the  present. 

Resolved  that  the  two  Letts  of  Ground  lying  to  the  south  of  the  Letts 
lately  sold  to  L.  Gansevoort  Esq',  be  sold  at  Private  sale,  and  that  the 
Clerk  notify  the  sale  in  the  Public  paper  of  this  City. 

Resolved  that  the  Farm  now  in  Possesion  of  William  van  Der  Wer- 
ken,  lying  and  being  in  the  County  of  Montgomery,  be  sold  at  private 
sale,  on  or  before  the  first  day  of  November  next,  and  if  not  then  sold, 
to  be  sold  at  public  sale,  and  that  the  Clerk  Notify  the  same  in  the 
Newspapers  in  this  City. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at   the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 

14th  Ocf,    1784 — Present   John    Ja:   Beekman   Esqi",  Mayor,  Thomas 

Hun,  Robert  McClallen,  Peter  W.  Douw,  Peter  W.  Yates,  John  Ten 

Broeck,  Esq'%  Aldermen,  Matthew  Visscher,  John  W.  Wendell,  Jellis 

Winne,  Abraham  Cuyler,  Richard  Lush,  Assistants. 

This  being  the  day  appointed  by  the  Charter  for  the  Quallification  of 
the  Officers  of  this  Board,  the  above  named  Gentlemen  were  sworn  to  the 
execution  of  their  Respective  Offices,  except  the  Mayor. 

James  Elliott  was  appointed  Marshall  and  was  sworn  to  the  execution 
of  the  Office. 

The  ibllowing  Constables  were  sworn  : 

Jacob  Kidney,  and  appointed  High  Constable;  David  Gibson,  Elijah 
Johnson  &  Thomas  Archard. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  26'i'  Ocf,  1784. 

Resolved  that  the  Fairs  for  the  sale  of  fatt  Cattle  Commence  on  Tues- 
day the  ninth  day  of  November  next,  and  be  continued  as  long  as  Cir- 
cumstances may  Require. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  advance  the  sum  of  Six  Pounds  to 
M'-.  Jellis  Winne,  to  enable  him  to  provide  Timber  for  the  Docks,  and 
that  he  lay  a  Bill  of  his  expendature  before  this  Board. 

Resolved  that  three  Loads  of  Stone  from  the  Fort  be  presented  to  the 
Vestry  of  the  Church  of  England. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  ll'i^  December,  1784. 

The  Board  proceeded  to  the  appointment  of  Chimney  Viewers  for  the 
ensuing  year,  and  thereupon  appointed  the  following  persons  : 

Cornelius  Brower  and  William  Fuller,  the  second  ward. 

John  Bogert  and  James  Legrange,  the  first  ward. 

Jacob  Hoghstrasser  and  Nanning  H.  Visscher,  the  Third  ward. 

Resolved  that  the  Committee  appointed  to  Lequidate  the  accounts  Re- 
port by  Monday  next. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  14ti'  December,  1784. 
Resolved  that  a  piece  of  Land  lying  at  Schachtekook,  Surveyed  by 
Jeremiah  v.  Rensseler  Esq'",  for  M^.  Peter  Winne,  Containing  forty  one 
acres  three  Roods  and  thirty  six  Perches,  as  "^  return  thereof  made  22 
July,  1773,  be  Granted  to  M^  Winne,  he  paying  the  rent  Reserved  upon 
the  Land  since  the  survey,  and  that  the  same  be  paid  before  the  Execu- 
tion of  the  Deed, 


John  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  243 

Peter  P.  Winne  made  application  to  the  Board  for  the  Grant  of  a  piece 
of  Land  lying  on  the  Southwest  side  of  the  Farm  of  his  Father,  Peter 
Winne  Dec ',  containing  about  four  Acres. 

A  Letter  from  Jacob  A.  Vrooman,  dated  7"'  Dec",  1784,  Read  and  filed. 

Resolved  that  Jellis  Winne  have  the  superintendence  of  the  Hospitalj 
and  that  the  Board  will  make  him  a  Reasonable  Compensation  for  his 
Trouble. 

City  of  Albany,  22  December,  1784. 

The  Mayor  informed  the  Board  that  he  had  executed  a  Deed  to  Peter 
P.  Winne  for  the  Lands  Surveyed  for  him  by  Jeremiah  Van  Rensseler, 
pursuant  to  a  Resolution  of  C.  Council,  passed  22  July,  1773 

Resolved  that  the  Mayors  Conduct  in  executing  the 'said  Deed  be  ap- 
proved of. 

_  Resolved  that  the  Deed  to  Edward  Coraston  for  the  Two  Letts  sold  to 
him,  be  Signed  by  the  Mayor,  and  the  City  Seal  be  thereto  affixed. 

Resolved  that  a  Night  Watch  be  established  in  this  City,  and  that  men 
be  hired  for  the  purpose,  and  a  Tax  laid  for  the  payment  of  the  same. 

M--.  Gansevoort  Jun'-,  Moved  for  a  Reconsideration. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 
24  Dec-,  1784 — Present  John  Ja.  Beekman  Esqr,  Mayor,  Leonard 
Gansevoort  Esq^  Rec'i'-,  Robert  McClallen,  Thomas  Hun'  Ph.  van 
Rensselaer,  Peter  W.  Douw,  Esq'%  Aldermen,  Matthew  'visscher 
Richard  Lush,  John  W.  Wendell,  Leo.  Gansevoort  Jun'-,  Assistants.  ' 
The  Board  resumed  the  consideration  of  M^.  Gansevoorts  I\Iotion  and 
after  debate  the  Question  being  put  wheather  the  Board  ao-reed  to  the 
Resolution  of  Last  meeting  :  ° 

Resolved  that  the  Board  adhear  to  the  Resolution  of  last  meetino-. 
Resolved  that  nine  Persons  be  hired  and  Employed  for  the  purpose 
and  that  they  find  themselves  with  Fire  and  Candle  Light,  and  they  are 
to  be  paid  four  shillings  for  every  night  they  are  actualy  on  Guard:  that 
three  be  on  Guard  every  night;  that  they  Call  out  the  Hour  of  the 
Night  and  the  situation  of  the  Weather. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  three  be  appointed  to  draw  Regulations 
for  the  Government  of  the  said  Watch. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  notify  the  Inhabitants  of  these  Resolutions 


1785. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  17ii'  January,  1785. 
Resolved  that  the  Ground  in   the   Rear  of  the  Lott  of  Gerrit  Van 
Schaick   and  Others   be   sold   to  them  at  one  shilling   for   every  square 

Resolved  that  the  following  accounts  be  paid  (to  wit)  :  John  Stewards 
amounting  to  £1:16:0;  David  Rottery  £30:9:3 ;  John  Steward  £l-4-o' 
Abraham  H.  Wendell  £24:12:6;  Samuel  Ramsey  £14:15:0;  Duncan 
McLearn  £3:5:0;  William  Zoble  £32:15:0;  William  Fraizer  £14:2-0  • 
Duncan  Steward  £12:13:0. 

Resolved   that  the  Lands  belonging   to  this  Board   at  Fort  Hunter  be 


244  The  City  Records,  1785. 

Leased  under  the  same  Eents  and  Restrictions  for  the  Further  Term  of 
three  years  from  the  first  of  August  nest. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  Edward  Comtston,  in  favour 
of  Jacobus  Redlif,  for  Four  Pounds  in  Goods,  and  that  the  same  be 
Charged  to  the  account  of  Jonathan  Brooks. 

Resolved  that  all  the  Inhabitants  of  this  City  do,  within  nine  months, 
Cause  to  be  built  sufficient  Repositers  for  their  Ashes  under  the  Penalty 
of  Ten  Pound. 

Resolved  that  all  the  Inhabitants  of  the  City  do,  within  months. 

Remove  all  the  Gutters  of  their  Respective  Houses,  which  Lead  or  Drop 
into  the  streets. 

Resolved  that  all  the  Ground  lying  to  the  east  of  the  Lott  of  Jacob 
van  Schaick  and  Others  be  sold  at  the  rate  of  Six  pence  "^  Square  Foot. 

Resolved  that  Isaac  D.  Fonda  and  Volkert  A.  Douw  be  imediately 
Prosecuted  for  the  Money  they  are  indebted  to  this  Board. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on'  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Jacob  Blooniendall,  for  £22:7:9. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit):  Jellis  Winne  £  ;  Christopher  Bogert 

£11:15:0;  Simeon  Dudley  £11:5:0 ;  Barent  Fryder  £11:0:0;  Abraham 
Ten  Eyck  £19:5:0  ;  Barent  Ten  Eyck  £6:0:0 ;  Abel  Mudge  £35:11:0  ;  Al- 
exander Smith  £4:2:6;  Wynant  van  Der  Bergh  £15:10:0  ;  Edward  Davis 
£1:6:0;  Benjamin  Goewy  £1:16:0 ;  Cornells  Waldron  £1:11:6;  John 
Hansen  £3:10:0;  Thomas  Low  £1:2:0;  Rynier  van  Yeveson  £13:6:0. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  11'^  Febn-,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Town  Bulls  be  imediately  brought  to  Town  ;  that 
Cornells  van  Deusen  take  them  in  Charge,  and  that  he  be  allowed  for 
Keeping  them  the  sum  of  Forty  shillings. 

Resolved  that  the  Ferry  between  this  City  and  Green  Bush  be  exposed 
to  sale  at  Public  Vendue,  on  Friday  the  eighteenth  day  of  February  Instant 
and  that  Advertisements  be  put  up  to  notify  the  Inhabitants  thereof. 

Also,  Resolved  that  the  Terms  on  which  the  same  will  be  sold,  be  as  fol- 
lows :  To  be  sold  for  one  year,  the  payments  to  be  made  Quarterly,  and  be 
Subject  from  time  to  time  to  the  Regulations  of  this  Board;  that  the  Board 
will  Imediately  procure  one  Skow  and  two  Boats  for  the  use  of  the  Ferry. 

Resolved  that  M^.  Recorder  and  M^.  Winne  be  a  Committee  to  Con- 
tract for  the  Building  of  the  Skows  &  Boats. 

Resolved  that  the  Docks  be  sold  on  the  18^1'  day  of  Febo'  Instant,  and 
that  Advertisements  be  put  up  Giving  notice  of  the  same. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  Draw  orders  on  the  Chambei-lain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit):  To  John  I.  Blocker  £44:0:0 ;  Peter  Mul- 
hinch  £3:9:0;  James  Fonda  £2:7:6 ;  Tennis  Slingerlandt  £1:18:6;  Aa- 
ron Bradt  £1:15:6;  John  Hood  £1:1:9. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  deliver  to  each  of  the  Watch  Men  two 
Bushels  of  Wheat,  &  that  the  Clerk  Draw  order  for  same. 

A  Letter  from  John  Kenyan  and  Benjamin  Kenyan  of  Schagtikook, 
dated  11  JanO',  1785,  was  laid  before  the  Board  by  his  Worship  the  Mayor, 
requesting  to  purchase  the  Land  now  in  their  Improvement  or  to  have  a  Re- 
newal of  their  Leases:  Resolved  that  the  same  lay  over  for  Consideration. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  to  James  Elliott,  the  Marshall  to  this 
Board,  the  sum  of  Four  pounds  Ten  shillings,  for  a  Quarter  of  a  Years  Salaiy. 


Jolm  J.  Beekman,  Mayor.  245 

City  Hall,  Albany,        February,  1785. 

A  Certificate,  signed  by  Phineas  Whiteside,  Leonard  Cook,  Richard 
Hart  and  Charles  H.  Toll,  being  a  Committee  of  Cambridge,  was  Read 
and  filed. 

]NP.  Gansevoort  Jun^  moved  that  a  Committee  be  appointed  to  draft  a 
Letter  to  the  Corporation  of  the  Reformed  Protestant  Dutch  Church  in 
this  City,  suggesting  the  Necessity  of  laying  out  the  Pasture  to  the 
South  of  this  City  into  House  Lotts,  thereby  to  promote  the  welfare  of 
this  City  and  the  weal  of  the  State ; 

Which  motion  being  secconed,  was  Carrid  in  the  affirmative,  and  the 
Committee  appointed  were,  M'".  Recorder,  Alderman  McClalien  &  As- 
sistant Wendell. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  17'^  February,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  persons  who  shall  Purchase  the  ferry  shall,  out  of 
the  first  monies  that  shall  become  due  for  said  Ferry,  Retain  such  a  sum 
as  the  Building  a  Batteau  and  a  Skow  shall  Come  to,  in  addition  to  the 
Boat  which  M'.  Winne  has  Contracted  for. 

The  Board  proceeded  to  the  sale  of  the  Docks  agreeable  to  advertise- 
ment, When  Elisha  Crane  and  John  Batchelor  Bid  one  Hundred  and 
one  Pounds,  and  thereupon  it  was  struck  off  to  them  for  one  Year. 

They  also  proceeded  to  the  Sale  of  the  Ferry,  which  was  struck  of  to 
Thomas  Lotteridge  &  Dirk  Hansen,  for  one  Hundred  and  fifteen 
Pounds,  for  one  Year. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  for  Ten 
shillings,  in  favour  of  John  Redlif. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  23  February,  1785. 

On  Motion  of  Alderman  Ten  Broeck,  to  Prosecute  the  Delinquents  of 
the  late  Accademy — Resolved  that  an  order  be  Issued  without  Loss  of 
time,  to  Prosecute  the  different  accounts  which  M''.  Abraham  Ten  Eyck 
of  the  City  of  Albany,  may  present  to  John  Price  Esqi'  for  that  purpose. 

A  Letter  from  M^  Baldwin  was  Read  and  filed. 

Resolved  that  Aldermen  Ten  Broeck,  van  Rensselaer  and  McClalien 
be  a  Committee  to  amend  the  proposals  for  Erecting  an  Accademy  in  this 
City,  and  that  they  Report  by  next  week. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  John  Tuncliff,  for  Forty  shillings,  and  that  the  same  be  paid  in 
Wheat. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
Cornells  &  John  Wendell,  for  £2:1,  being  the  Ballance  of  their  account. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  1^'  March,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain,  for  the 
Ballance  of  Simeon  Dudleys  account;  and  also  one  order  on  the  Cham- 
berlain, in  favour  of  Philip  Hoffman,  for  Ten  shillings. 

Resolved  that  Mi'\  Ten  Eyck  and  Willet  have  Liberty  to  Occupy  the 
Lower  Room  in  the  New  Store. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  David  Rottery,  for  Forty  shillings,  to  be  paid  in  Cash  or  Grain,  on 
account. 


246  The  City  Records,  1785. 

Resolvod  that  the  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Ferry  be  Revived 
with  this  addition — that  several  payments  may  be  made  as  follows :  The 
first  payment  to  be  made  on  the  first  day  of  May  next;  the  second  on 
the  first  day  of  August,  and  the  Third  on  the  first  day  of  November,  and 
the  fourth  on  the  first  day  of  Jann'  next  ensuing. 

Resolved  that  M^.  Recorder,  Alderman  Rensselaer  and  assistant  Winne 
be  a  Committee  to  Remove  the  new  store  to  the  Ferry,  and  that  the  said 
Gentlemen  do  agree  with  the  Ferry  Men  for  Building  the  Boats. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  8'^  March,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  following  accounts  be  paid,  and  that  the  Clerk  draw 
orders  in  favour  of  Daniel  Winne  for  £2:8:0;  Henry  van  Hoesen  £2:0:0; 
Christopher  Bogert  £2:0:0 ;  Jesse  De  Foreest  £1:15:0;  Philip  D.  For- 
eest  £1:15:0;  William  Verplank  £2:0:0;  Alexander  Anderson  £0:14:0; 
Lodewick  O'Boran  £0:8:0;  Frederick  Brown  £0:8:0;  Abraham  Douw 
£0:8:0;  Jellis  Winne  £0:16:0;  Evert  v.  den  Bergh  £2:5:0;  John  Hause 
£0:12:0;  Jellis  Winne  £1:2:4;  John  Heath  £2:2:0;  Abraham  Veeder 
iE2:5:0;  Michiel  Rufi"  £1:12:9  ;  John  I.  Hanse  £3:19:0  ;  Barent  Bogert 
£1:0:0;  Hendrick  Toman  £0:8:0;  Rynier  v.  Yeveren  £0:8:0;  John 
Groat  £1:10:0;  Frederick  Brower  £3:19:0. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  19ti>  March,  1785. 

Resolved  that  Aldermen  McClallen  and  Rensselaer  be  a  Committee 
to  view  and  examine  the  Lott  of  M^  John  van  Alen  on  Gallows  Hill, 
and  that  they  Report  of  their  proceedings  at  next  Common  Council. 

The  Petition  of  Daniel  Tucker  for  the  House  back  of  the  Hospital ; 
Resolved  that  M^  Tucker  have  the  use  of  the  said  House  the  ensuing 
year  ;  also,  a  piece  of  Ground  for  a  Garden,  he  paying  for  the  same  the 
sum  of  Sixteen  Shillings  '^  annum  to  this  Board ;  and  that  M''.  Sim  be 
furnished  with  an  order  to  Remove  his  Timber  from  said  House  by  the 
first  of  May  next. 

Resolved  that  Henry  I.  Bogert  be  and  he  is  hereby  appointed  a  Sur- 
veyor for  examining  and  acertaing  the  Tonage  of  the  Vessels  that  are 
Liable  to  pay  Dockage,  and  that  he  furnish  each  Master  or  Owner  of  such 
Vessel  with  a  Certificate,  under  his  Own  Hand,  what  the  Tonage  of  such 
vessel  may  be  :  for  which  service  he  shall  Receive  from  Each  master 
or  owner  of  such  vessels  the  sum  of  Four  shillings.  Ordered,  that  the 
Clerk  furnish  M''.  Bogert  with  an  order  of  this  Resolution. 

Resolved  that  the  north  Wing  of  the  Hospital  be  Kept  for  the  use  of 
a  School. 

Resolved  that  the  streets  in  this  City  be  marked  and  that  all  the  Houses 
be  numbered. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Gerrit  van  Sante,  for  the  Ballance  of  his  ace'  allowed,  amounting  to 
£22:2:3,  and  in  favour  of  Rykert  van  Sante,  as  ^  acC,  £4:4:0. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  26"'  March,  1785. 
Resolved    that   Leonard    Gansevoort    Jun""    Esq'',    do   commence   suits 
against  Volkert  A.  Douw,  Peter  W.  Dow  and  Isaac  D.    Fonda,  on  their 
Bonds  to  this  Board;  and  that  he  also  Request  Mess''^  Lottridge  &  Han- 
sen to  come  to  a  Settlement  with  this  Board  for  the  Rent  of  the  Ferry. 


JoJm  J.  Beehnan,  Mayo)-.  247 

Kesolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chambi.  in  favour  of  the 
Watchmen,  for  two  Bushel  of  wheat  each,  to  be  charged  to  their  ac- 
counts. 

Kesolved  that  the  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Ferry  be  Revived 
and  with  the  following  amendments  (to  wit)  :  That  Two  Skows  and  one 
Boat  be  built  and  furnished  by  the  Mayer,  Aldermen  and  Commonallity, 
&  be  constantly  kept  in  good  and  sufficient  Repair  at  the  expence  of  the 
said  Ferry  Man,  at  his  own  proper  Cost  and  Charges;  and  it  shall  be  the 
Duty  of  the  said  Ferry  Man,  at  a  Reasonable  time  and  at  his  own  ex- 
pence,  to  Cause  the  said  skows  and  Boats  to  be  taken  out  of  the  water 
and  Deposite  them  in  some  secure  place,  against  the  Danger  of  Water 
and  Ice ;  that^the  said  Ferry  Man  shall  procure  and  furnish  such  and 
so  many  sufficient  able  Bodied  Men  as  may  be  Necessary  to  man  the  said 
Skows  and  Boats,  and  that  the  said  Skows,  Boats  and  hands  shall  be  Con- 
stantly employd  at  said  Ferry. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Leonard  Gansevoort  Jun' ,  for  Four  shillings  and  Sixpence. 

Upon  an  information  of  Nanning  Visscher  and  Jacob  Hoghstrasser. 
Chimney  viewers  of  the  Third  ward,  of  the  Danger  which  may  Result 
from  the  Pipes  of  Stoves  leading  through  the  Windows  and  Roofs  of 
Houses:  Ordered  by  this  Board,  that  the  Chimney  viewers  of  Each 
ward  order  the  Different  Inhabitants  of  this  City  to  Remove  the  said 
Pipes  by  the  first  day  of  May  next,  and  that  the  Clerk  inform  the  Gen- 
tlemen that  this  Board  thank  them  for  their  Care  on  this  Occasion. 

Resolved  by  this  Board,  that  Messrs.  Willet  and  Ten  Eyck  Remove 
without  delay,  the  Stove  they  have  in  the  new  Store,  near  Fort  Orano-e. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  2>id  April,  1785. 

Resolved,  in  order  finally  to  Settle  the  Controversy  between  this  Board 
and  Catherine  &  Rachel  Douw,  Respecting  a  piece  of  Ground  Lyino-  to 
the  West  of  the  House  of  Johannis  Hooghkirk,  deceased.  That  "the 
Honbie  Robert  Yates  Esqr,  John  R.  Bleeker  and  Jacob  Ro'seboom,  be 
requested  to  Certify  to  this  Board,  wheather  any  and  what  part  of  the 
Ground  Lying  to  the  west  of  the  said  Johannis  Hooghkirks,  is  the  pro- 
perty of  the  said  Miss  Douws,  and  that  such  Certificate  shall  be  final  and 
Conclusive  to  this  Board  on  the  Subject. 

Resolved  that  Matthew  Visscher  Esqr  be  Directed  to  procure  and  lay 
before  the  said  Robert  Yates  Esqr,  John  R.  Bleeker  and  Jacob  Roseboom 
such  proofs  as  he  may  think  proper,  in  Order  to  support  the  Claim  of 
this  Board. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  G'h  of  April,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Gisbert  van  Schoohoven,   for  five  Bushels  of  wheat. 

Resolved  that  His  Worship  the  Mayor  sign  the  Deed  to  Mi-\  Cornelia 
Williams,  for  the  Lott  of  Ground  formerly  sold  to  her  Husband,  John 
Williams  Deceased,  on  the  Gallows  Hill. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  and  assistants  of  the  Third  Ward,  Cause 
the  Blacksmiths  Shop  of  Jacob  Pruyn,  near  the  middle  Dock,  to  be 
Removed. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  Thomas  Gifford  the  Money  he  may 


248  The  City  Records,  1785. 

Receive  from  Mi".  Lotteridge,  being  about  Twelve  Pounds,  and  Give  him 
a  Certificate  of  what  may  remain  due  to  him,  payable  in  Ten  days. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  John  Ostrander,  for  five  Bushels  of  wheat. 

City  Hall,  ^Vlbany,  9th  of  April,  1785. 

The  Committee  to  whom  was  Referred  the  Consideration  of  applying 
to  the  Corporation  of  the  Dutch  Church  for  the  sale  of  part  of  the  Pas- 
ture, Report  the  Draught  of  a  Letter,  which  being  Read  was  agreed  to. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  Orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
foljowing  accounts  to  wit :  To  Bastiaen  Visscher  &  Price  £28:0:0  :  John 
Price  £8:0:0;  To  Jonathan  Brooks  for  five  Bushels  of  wheat. 

The  Committee  appointed  to  Report  proper  names  to  be  assigned  to 
the  Several  Streets  in  this  City,  Reported  the  same,  which  on  being 
Read  were  agreed  to.  Ordered  that  a  Map  be  made  of  the  City,  and 
the  streets  thereon  laid  out,  with  the  Name  assigned  to  Each  Street  on 
the  same. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  14ti'  April,  1785. 

A  Petition  of  Daniel  Tucker,  praying  an  order  to  take  Possession  of 
the  House  West  of  the  Hospital  and  the  use  of  the  Ground  in  the  West 
wing  of  the  Hospital  for  the  purpose  of  a  Garden,  was  Read  &  filed  : 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  furnish  Mr.  Tucker  with  an  order  agreeable 
to  the  prayer  of  his  Petition,  and  that  he  be  permitted  to  use  the  Ground 
prayed  for  as  a  Garden. 

On  the  Application  of  Alderman  Hun — 

Resolved  that  he  be  permitted  to  appropriate  the  Ground  lying  in  the 
Northwest  Wing  of  the  Hospital,  for  a  Garden. 

On  Reading  the  Petition  of  Donald  McDonald — 

Resolved  that  the  said  McDonald  be  permitted  to  use  the  Ground  ly- 
ing to  the  South  of  the  Hospital,  as  a  Garden. 

The  Clerk  laid  before  the  Board,  the  Deed  to  Edward  Compston  for 
the  Two  Lots  lately  sold  him  to  the  South  of  the  City  Hall,  which  being 
Read,  Ordered  that  His  Worship  sign  the  same,  and  that  the  City  Seal 
be  thereto  afiixed. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit) :  John  Ostrander  £25:3:6 ;  Thomas  Lot- 
tridge  £1:1:0;  Hugh  Jolly  £2:0:0. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  deliver  Cornells  van  Deusen  twelve 
Bushel  and  a  half  of  pease ;  that  He  Charge  two  Bushels  thereof  to  van 
Deusen  and  the  Residue  to  the  Bull  account. 

The  Ordinance  entitled  an  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Carts  and  Car- 
men within  the  City  of  Albany,  was  this  day  published. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  16  April,  1785. 

Aldermen  McClallen  and  van  Rensselaer,  the  Committee  appointed 
to  view  the  Lott  of  Ground  sold  heretofore  to  John  van  Alen  and  report 
what  abatement  ought  to  be  allowed  him  on  account  of  the  Lots  being 
Removed  farther  to  the  eastward  than  it  was  Originally  laid  out. 

Report  that  an  abatement  of  Five  Pounds  ought  to  be  made,  and  that 
upon  van  Alens  paying  the  Residue  of  the  purchase  money  and  the  Rent 


John  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  249 

which  would  have  been  Due  had  the  deed  been  executed  at  the  time  of 
purchase,  Deeds  be  executed  to  him  for  the  same. 

Alderman  Ten  Broeck,  from  the  Committee  appointed  to  inspect  the 
Building  in  the  Fort,  Reported,  Which  Report  being  Read  and  amended 
was  agreed  to  and  ordered  to  be  filed. 

Resolved  that  the  Hospital  be  sold  at  public  Sale,  on  monday  the  Sec- 
ond day  of  May  next;  that  the  Wood  work  only  be  sold,  and  that  M''. 
Jellis  Winne,  Richard  Lush  and  John  W.  Wendell  be  a  Committee  to 
lay  the  same  into  Lots  as  will  best  suit  the  Intrest  of  the  Buyers. 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Jellis  Winne  sell  the  Stone  at  Private  Sale. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamb'.  in  favour  of 
the  watchmen,  for  two  Bushels  of  Wheat  and  two  Bushels  of  Pease  Each, 
on  account. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Cornells  van  Deusen  £2:16:0. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  2'h1  May,  1785. 
Resolved   that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamb'.   in    favour  of 

John  Tuncliff,  for  the  sum  of  Four  Pounds. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  put  the  Bond  entered  into  by  Gerrit  Ryck- 

man,  for  the  performance  of  the  Trust  Reposed  in  him  as  Chamberlain, 

in  suit,  in  order  to  Compel  him  to  account. 

Pursuant  to  a  Resolution  of  the  16  ''  of  April,  the  Hospital  was  this 

day  sold  at  public  Vendue,  having  been  previously  laid  into  Lotts  by  the 

Committee  appointed  for  that  purpose. 

The  Gentlemen  who  became  purchasers  are  as  follows  : 

Jonathan  Pettit Lot  N".  1    Cont?  29  feet £36:  0:0 

Dr.  Wilhelmus  Mancius 2   25  D^ 6:  0:0 

Bastian  T.  Visscher 3  25  8:  0:0 

D"  4  25  7:  0:0 

Abraham  G.  Lansing 5   29  13:  0:0 

Archibald  Campbell 6  30  10:10:0 

Maus  R.  Van  Vranken 7  35   15:10:0 

Jellis  Winne 8  35  15:10:0 

Do  9  33   8:  0:0 

Dirk   Hansen 10   25   10:  0:0 

John  Lansing  Junr 11   28^ 15  :0:0 

Matthew  Visscher 12   30   11:10:0 

John  I.  Bleeker 13   29   20:  0:0 

City  Hall,  Albany,  17"'  May,  1785. 

Resolved  that  that  part  of  the  ordinance  for  Regulating  the  ferry 
between  this  City  and  Green  Bush  which  relates  to  the  price  of  ferriage 
and  the  Keeping  of  Boats,  be  published  in  the  news  papers  printed  in 
this  City. 

Resolved  that  the  Ordinances  of  this  Board,  which  were  last  year  in 
force,  be  published  and  declared  to  be  in  Force  for  the  ensuing  iTear. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  of  the  first  ward  cause  without  delay  the 
Bridge  over  Treules  Kill,  the  stone  Bridge  and  Other  Bridges  in  the 
Pasture,  to  be  Repaired. 

Hist.  Coll.  a.  32 


250  The  City  Records,  1785. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  27'^  May,  1785. 

Kesolved  that  the  Clerk  write  a  Letter  to  Mr.  Daniel  Bradt  at  the 
Halfway  house,  directing  him  to  Remove  the  Loggs  he  has  rid  to  make 
a  fence  on  the  East  side  of  the  hill  near  his  Barn. 

Resolved  that  the  Ferry  Men  enter  into  Lease  for  the  performance  of 
the  Covenants  respecting  the  Ferry. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  the  Deeds  to  and  from  Cornells  van 
Scheluyne  for  the  Ground  he  lately  Exchanged  with  this  Board,  near 
Coll".  Lansings. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  three  be  appointed  to  prepare  an  Ordi- 
nance for  Regulating  and  Repairing  the  Highways,  Roads,  Streets, 
Lanes  and  alleys  within  the  Limits  of  this  City;  the  Committee  Chosen 
for  the  purpose  are  Alderman  Rensselaer,  assistants  Visscher  &  Granse- 
voort  Junr. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  2'>'i  June,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour  of 
the  Watchmen,  for  four  Bushels  of  wheat  each,  and  also  that  the  cham- 
berlain deliver  to  Jacob  F.  Pruyn  four  Bushels  of  Wheat. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  a  Power  of  attorney  to  Mr.  James  El- 
liott to  reenter  on  the  Lands  heretofore  Leased  to  the  Jessups. 

Resolved  that  the  Farm  lying  at  Fort  hunter  heretofore  advertized  for 
sale,  be  again  advertized,  and  that  publick  Securities  at  their  current 
Value  will  be  received  in  pay. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  8"'  June,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  a  Cavet,  to  be  entered  against  the  Com- 
missioners of  the  Land  Office,  Granting  the  Lands  Claimed  by  the  Heirs 
of  Ephraim  Wemp  and  others,  at  Fort  Hunter. 

Resolved  that  the  Members  of  the  Third  ward  Cause  without  delay  a 
Pier  to  be  made  from  the  Midle  Dock  to  the  street  leading  from  the 
River,  between  Schebolet  Bogarduses  House  and  the  House  of  the  Heirs 
of  Anthony  E.  Bratt  Dec^i. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  consisting  of  a  Member  of  Each  ward  be 
appointed  to  view  the  severall  Docks  and  see  what  Repairs  are  Necessary 
to  be  done ;  the  Committee  are  Aldermen  McClallen,  Douw  and  assist- 
ant Gansevoort  Junr. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  cause  a  Reentry  to  be  made  on  the  Lands 
formerly  leased  to  Ebenezer  Jesup. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  23rd  June,  1785. 

Resolved  that  assistant  Winne  apply  to  the  Road  Masters  for  Ten  men 
to  be  employed  in  working  at  the  ]3ridge  in  the  Pasture. 

Resolved  that  the  Butchers  be  directed  in  future  not  to  Kill  any  Cat- 
tle, Calves,  Sheep  or  Lambs  at  their  own  Houses,  and  that  they  have 
Liberty  to  use  the  old  Store  House  for  that  purpose. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  4'i'  July,  1785. 
Mr.  Jacob  van  Schaick  appeared  before  the  Board,  and  informed  them 
that  he  Claimed  seven  feet  of  Ground  to  the  south  and  adjoining   the 
Creek  back  of  Simon  Veeders  and  Jannitie  Lansings  Lots,  where  the 


John  J.  Beehman,  Maym\  251 

stone  Arcli  Bridge  is  to  be  made,  and  prayed  that  the  Board  woukl  be 
pleased  to  Grant  him  in  Lieu  thereof  a  Like  Quantity  of  G-round  in  the 
Rear  of  his  Lot;  Thereupon  Resolved  that  Alderman  McClallen  and 
assistant  Lush  be  a  Committee  to  Examine  Mr.  Van  Schaicks  Claim,  and 
Report  thereon  with  all  Convenient  speed,  and  that  they  be  and  hereby 
are  empowered  to  Call  upon  the  City  Surveyor  and  Direct  him  to  mea- 
sure such  Lots,  and  in  such  manner  as  they  may  Conceive  proper. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Robert  Lansing,  for  Eleven  pounds  five  Shillings,  being  the  amount 
of  his  ace'. 

Aldermen  McClallen  informed  the  Board  that  M'".  Abraham  G.  Lan- 
sing had  Requested  him  to  apply  to  the  Board  to  Leave  the  matter  respect- 
ing the  Water  Course  thro  M'^  Lansings  Lot  to  five  indifferent  persons  : 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  of  the  third  Ward  Order  M''^  Lansing  to 
remove  the  obstruction  she  has  made  in  the  Creek,  and  at  the  time  they 
Do  so,  order  that  two  Inhabitants  be  present,  that  they  may  bear  Testi- 
mony thereof. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  6"'  July,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Lauds  of  this  Board  at  Fort  Hunter,  Lying  to  the 
South  of  Schohary  Creek,  be  devided  into  two  Farms ;  that  John  T. 
Visscher  have  one  half  and  Abraham  Garrison  the  other,  provided  the 
said  Garrison  will  Cultivate  the  same  himselfe  and  for  his  own  use. 

Resolved  that  Arch  Bridge,  from  the  Market  House  to  Mrs.  Lansings 
House,  be  Cleaned  and  all  obstructions  Removed. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  Hun,  assistants  Visscher  and  Gansevoort  Junr, 
be  a  Committee  appointed  to  Lease  the  Lands  of  this  Board  at  Fort  Hun- 
ter, and  that  the  Clerk  draw  a  Power  of  Attorney  to  them  for  that  pur- 
pose. 

Resolved  that  a  Stone  Arch  Bridge  be  made  a  cross  the  Creek  or  Run 
ot  water  leading  from  the  House  of  Adam  Fates  to  the  Lott  on  the 
Opposite  side  to  it,  near  the  upper  Dock. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  12'i'  July,  1785. 

Resolved  that  His  Worship  the  Mayor  Execute  the  Deed  prepared  by 
the  Clerk  to  Cornelis  van  Scheluyne,  for  the  Street  back  of  Coll>\  Lan- 
sings Lot  and  also  a  Bond  for  £50,  upon  Mr.  Schelluynes  executing  to  this 
Board  a  Deed  for  the  Ground  of  his  lying  within  the  Range  of  the  Street 
Commonly  Called  Pearl  Street,  and  that  the  public  Seal  be  thereto  afiixed. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  for  the  pay- 
ment of  the  following  acc'«,  to  wit:  To  Jacob  Pruyn  £3:0:6  ;  To  Fair- 
child  &  Vosburgh  iE2:13:4;  To  Robert  Lewis  £6:8:6. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chajaberlain  to  deliver 
three  Bushels  of  Wheat  to  Each  of  the  following  persons  :  Jellis  Winne, 
John  Fryer,  Jacob  Fryer,  Barent  Miller,  John  Fingue,  Jacob  Bloomen- 
dale,  Killiacre  Winne,  Tenuis  Slingerlant, McDonald,  and 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  deliver 
to  Each  of  the  Watchmen  two  Bushels  of  Wheat  on  account. 

Resolved  that  the  Road  master  be  directed  to  lay  before  this  Board,  on 
or  before  the  fifteenth  day  of  July  Instant,  an  account  of  the  number  of 
Days  Yet  in  arrear  to  be  Worked  on  the  Road. 


252  The  City  Records,  1785. 

An  Ordinance  entitled  an  Ordinance  to  Kill  and  destroy  Doggs  within 
this  City,  was  this  day  published. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  13tii  July,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  amount  of  the  account  of  Elisha  Crane  against  Ro- 
bert Lewis,  be  received  from  Batchelor  and  Crane,  in  payment  for  the 
rent  of  the  Docks. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  IQti^  July,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  and  Mr.  Gansevoort  Junr,  without  de- 
lay make  an  abstract  of  all  the  Rents  and  Debts  due  to  this  Board,  and 
that  upon  the  Completion  thereof,  Mr.  Gansevoort  Collect  the  same,  and 
from  time  to  time  pay  the  money  and  the  Securities  he  may  Receive  into 
the  Hands  of  the  Chamberlain. 

Resolved  that  the  Constables  of  this  City  be  allowed  two  shillings  for 
every  sabbath  day  they  Respectivly  attend  their  Duty  in  preserving  the 
Peace  and  Quiet  of  that  day. 

Resolved  that  the  Constables  inspect  the  Slaughter  houses  in  this  City 
and  Report  the  state  thereof  at  the  next  meeting  of  the  Board. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  25  July,  1785. 
Resolved  that  the  Stone  work,  beaing  from  the  English  Church  to  oppo- 
site to  J.  Sharps,  be  continued  to  the  Dutch  Church,  and  that  Mr.  Recor- 
der Cause  the  same  to  be  compleated. 

Resolved  that  Gerrit  van  Sante,  James  Bloodgood  and  Gerrit  W.  Van 
Schaick  be  permitted  to  take  as  much  Stone  from  the  Fort  as  will  be 
sufficient  to  Continue  the  water  Run  from  Van  Santes  Corner  to  the 
River. 

Resolved  that  the  Members  of  the  first  Ward  be  empowered  to  Cause 
Stone  to  be  laid  Round  the  Wells  in  the  said  Ward,  for  the  purpose  of 
leading  the  Water  therefrom ;  that  the  Stone  be  taken  for  the  purpose 
from  the  Fort. 

Resolved  that  the  Course  of  the  water  Run  leading  from  the  House  of 
Abraham  Bloodgood  to  the  River,  be  altered  so  as  that  the  said  Run 
Empties  to  the  South  of  the  Dock. 

The  Inhabitants  of  the  Second  Ward  having  agreed  to  procure  Timber 
for  laying  a  Drain  from  the  Spring  near  the  Powder  house  to  the  Pump 
near  the  Hospital,  and  to  lay  the  Same,  provided  the  Board  will  furnish  a 
Carpenter  to  prepare  the  same  and  Boards  to  Lay  underneath  the  Timber  : 

Resolved  that  the  Board  do  Comply  with  the  wish  of  the  Inhabitants. 

Resolved  that  a  Stone  Arch  Bridge  be  made  a  Cross  the  Creek  in  the 
Rear  of  Robert  Lansings  Lot. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  be  directed,  out  of  the  first  wheat  com- 
ing into  his  hands,  to  pay  Richard  van  Sante  the  amount  of  the  repairs 
he  may  now  make,  and  the  amount  of  the  late  Chamberlains  account 
against  him. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  15"^-  Aug',  1785. 
Resolved  that  assistant  Lush  be  added  to  the  Committee  appointed  to 
Lease  the  Lands  of  this  Board  at  Fort  Hunter. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  McClallen,  Assistants  Visscher  and  Wendell 


John  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  253 

be  a  Committee  to  View  a  Spot  of  Ground  lying  near  the  House  of  the 
widdow  Van  Sante,  and  Report  whether  the  same  can  without  any  incon- 
venience be  Sold. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay 
James  Elliott  £4:10.  -      ' 

Resolved  that  the  Ordinance  declaring  a  Penalty  of  twelve  Shillings 
on  any  person  who  should  Carry  any  Stone  from  the  Fort,  be  and  it  is 
hereby  Revived. 

Resolved  that  the  Members  of  the  Second  ward  be  permitted  to  take 
such  a  Quantity  of  stone  from  the  Fort  as  may  be  sufficient  to  lay  a  water 
Course  from  the  Corner  of  Peter  Sharps  house  to  the  Lower  part  of  the 
Pump  Standing  in  Pearl  Street. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  Deliver 
Three  Bushels  of  wheat  to  each  of  the  following  persons,  viz^  :  James 
Patterson,  Joseph  Welch,  Peter  McDougald,  John  Creun,  William  Deal, 
John  David,  Peter  McGurchy  and  Hugh  Lenox. 

Resolved  that  the  Ground  lying  to  the  West  of  the  Lot  of  Peter 
Sharp  and  Others  and  to  the  East  of  a  straight  line  to  be  drawn  from  the 
South  west  Corner  of  the  store  House  of  Nicholas  Bleeker  to  the  South 
West  Corner  of  the  House  now  in  the  Possesion  of  John  Easton,  be  Sold. 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Henry  Bogert  be  Directed  to  measure  and  prepare  a 
Map  of  the  said  Ground  so  to  be  sold,  and  lay  the  Same  before  this 
Board. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  20'h  Augt,  1785. 

A  Petition  of  Guysbert  Fonda  and  Others  praying  that  the  street 
Called  Maiden  Lane  be  Continued  through  the  Episcopal  Church  Burry- 
ing  Ground  Was  Read,  and  thereupon 

Resolved  that  the  Prayer  of  the  said  Petition  be  Granted,  provided 
the  Petitioners  will  Level  the  said  street  and  make  the  same  passable  in 
the  first  Instance  at  their  own  expence  and  Charge. 

Resolved  that  Aldermen  Yates,  Ten  Broeck  and  van  Rensselaer  be  a 
Committee  to  Confer  and  agree  with  the  Vestry  of  the  Episcopal  Church 
Relative  to  an  exchange  of  Ground  for  so  much  of  the  Bui-rying  Ground 
as  will  be  taken  oft"  by  the  Continuance  of  the  said  Street. 

Resolved  that  the  same  Committee  confer  with  the  Elders  and  Deacons 
of  the  Lutherian  Church  Relative  to  an  exchange  of  Ground  for  so  much 
of  their  Burrying  Ground  as  will  be  Necessary  to  be  taken  ofi"  and  added 
to  Washington  Street,  in  a  Direct  line  from  the  Lott  of  Charles  New- 
man to  the  Lutherian  Parsonage  House. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  26"i  AugS  1785. 

Resolved  that  in  Case  of  Making  of  Drains,  every  person  whose  pri- 
vate Drain  enters  into  the  public  Drain,  shall  aid  and  assist  in  making 
the  same  in  proportion  as  their  Property  is  to  the  whole,  and  in  Case  of 
Stoppage  that  every  one  Residing  above  the  Stoppage  shall  in  like  man- 
ner open  the  same. 

Resolved  that  the  Ground  lately  agreed  to  be  sold  to  the  proprieters  of 
Lots  adjoyning  Barrack  street,  from  the  House  of  John  Easton  to  the 
Store  house  of  Mrs.  Bleeker,  be  sold  at  six  pence  "^  foot  and  the  two  cor- 
ner Lotts  at  nine  pence  '^  foot. 


264  The  Gihj  Records,  1785. 

Resolved  that  it  be  a  Standing  Rule  of  this  Board,  that  upon  the  De- 
termination of  all  Questions,  if  any  Member  Calls  for  a  Devision,  such 
Devision  be  Entred. 

Resolved  that  the  Tenants  at  Fort  Hunter  be  requested  to  Come  down 
and  take  new  leases. 

Resolved  that  Two  Farms  be  Sold  at  Fort  Hunter. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  30"'  Augt,  1785. 

This  day  sold  to  Charles  Newman,  one  Lot  of  Ground  lying  to  the 
North  of  Johannis  Wyngaarts  Lot,  Containing  in  Front  Thirty  five  feet, 
and  Running  from  thence  in  a  Direct  line  to  the  Northwest  Corner  of 
the  Lot  of  the  said  Johannis  AVyngaart,  and  also  one  other  Lot  lying  to 
the  North  of  the  Street  and  West  of  the  Lot  of  the  Heirs  of  William 
van  Sante  Dec''  and  adjoyning  the  Creek,  for  the  Sum  of  one  Hundred 
and  Twenty  Pounds. 

Resolved  that  the  City  Surveyor  Survey  the  last  mentioned  Lot,  and 
that  the  Clerk  draw  a  Deed  to  Newman  for  Both  Lots,  that  the  Mayor 
Sign  the  Same,  and  that  the  City  Seal  be  thereto  affixed  ;  Mr.  Newman  to 
pay  one  half  in  Cash  the  first  day  of  February  next,  and  the  other  half 
six  months  thereafter,  unless  the  same  be  taken  in  Merchandize,  then  to 
be  paid  on  demand. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay 
Alexander  Smiths  ace',  and  also  the  sum  of  Eight  shillings  to  John  I. 
Retlief. 

Resolved  that  Gerrit  T.  Visscher,  Jacobus  van  Sante  and  Jonathan 
Brooks  be  Requested  to  appraize  the  Stable  on  the  Land  lately  Belonging 
to  the  Jessups,  and  that  Alderman  Rensselaer  have  the  same,  he  paying 
the  appraized  Value. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  McClallen  and  assistant  Wendell  lay  the  old 
Store  into  Lots,  and  that  the  same  be  sold  at  public  Vendue  on  Saterday 
next. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  Deeds  of  Exchange  between  this  Board 
and  James  Bloodgood,  and  also  to  notify  the  persons  in  Possesion  of  the 
old  Store  to  Quit  the  same. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  31-^t  August,  1785. 

The  Board  having  lately  made  an  Exchang  of  Ground  with  Mr.  James 
Bloodgood,  and  he  Conceiving  that  the  Ground  Given  by  the  Board  is 
not  Equivalent  to  the  Ground  he  had  Given  the  Board  ;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  Messrs.  Henry  Bogert,  John  R.  Bleeker  and  Gerrit 
Groesbeck  be  Requested  to  determine  the  Same  and  if  they  should  be  of 
Opinion  that  it  is  not  an  equivalent  that  they  Report  the  Difierence. 

Resolved  that  it  is  the  Opinion  of  this  Board  that  the  Obstruction 
made  in  the  Creek,  near  the  Market  House,  by  mrs.  Jannitie  Lansing  is 
a  Publick  Nuisance. 

Resolved  that  the  matter  of  Right  between  this  Board  and  mrs.  Lan- 
sing be  Submitted  to  Reference. 

Resolved  that  Mrs.  Lansing  be  informed  of  the  proceeding  Resolution, 
and  that  she  be  requested  to  Remove  the  Obstruction  she  Caused  in  the 
Creek. 


John  J.  Beekman,  Mayor.  255 

City  Hall,  Albauy,  2'"i  September,  1785. 

Eesolved  that  it  is  the  Opinion  of  this  Board,  that  any  person  who  may 
have  Received  Damage  by  the  Obstruction  made  by  m'^  Jannitie  Lan- 
sing in  the  Creek  running  thro  her  Lot,  Ought  imediately  to  remove  it, 
or  bring  an  action  on  the  Case  for  the  Damages  he  may  have  sustained,' 
and  that  this  Board  will  pay  the  Cost  and  Charges  of  Prosecuting  such 
action. 

Upon  the  application  of  Bethuel  Washburn, 

Resolved  that  he  have  the  Use  of  the  large  New  Store  during  the 
pleasure  of  this  Board,  at  the  Rate  of  Twenty  shillings  by  the  montli. 

Resolved  that  the  Dancing  assembly  have  the  use  of  the  middle  Rooms 
in  the  new  Store  for  the  ensuing  Season,  at . 

City  Hall,  Albany,  5'i>  of  Sepr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Lands  at  Fort  Hunter  be  Leased  for  the  Term  of 
three  years  from  the  20tii  of  Augt  last;  That  a  Clause  be  inserted  in  the 
Deed  that  in  Case  the  Corporation  should  within  the  Term  sell  or  other- 
wise dispose  of  the  said  Lands  or  any  part  thereof,  that  then  the  Lease 
to  be  Void. 

Resolved  that  this  Board  will  not  lease  any  of  the  said  Lands  to  any 
person  or  persons  who  have  opposed  the  Right  of  this  Board,  or  laid 
Claim  to  the  said  Lands,  or  have  Located  Such  Lands  as  before  had  been 
Located  by  this  Board. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  6"'  Septemr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  notify  the  Sale  of  the  old  Store  for  Monday 
next,  at  Ten  oClock  in  the  forenoon. 

A  Petition  of  Baltis  van  Benthuysen  offering  Proposals  to  Remove  the 
new  Store  and  put  the  same  up  on  the  Lot  of  this  Board  at  the  Ferry 
and  that  he  will  allow  £150  f  annum  for  the  Ferry  until  the  expence 
is  paid  him — 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Van  Benthuysens  Proposalls  be  accepted  of,  and 
that  the  Store  be  taken  down  and  put  up  with  all  Convenient  speed  and 
that  the  same  be  done  by  Contract. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  Yates  and  assistant  Wendell  be  a  Committee 
to  Oversee  the  taking  down  and  putting  up  the  same  at  the  Ferry,  in  the 
most  Cheapest  manner,  and  that  they  also  Direct  the  mode  and  manner 
of  the  said  Building. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  7<i'  Sepr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  matter  of  Mrs.  Lansings  Right  to  stop  up  the  Creek 
running  thro  her  Lott  be  submitted  to  Egbert  Benson,  Peter  Selvester, 
Alexander  Hamilton,  John  Laurance  and  Brockholst  Livingston,  Esqrs' 
or  any  three  of  them  ;  that  the  indeviduals  who  may  be  injured  by  the 
Stoppage  be  made  parties  to  the  Submission. 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Recorder,  Assistants  Visscher  and  Gansevoort  Junr, 
be  a  Committee  to  manage  the  Controversy  in  Opposition  to  Mrs.  Lan- 
sings Claim. 

John  Lansing  Junr  Esqr,  appeared  before  the  Board  and  agreed  to  open 
the  Creek  untill   the  Right   should   be  determined,  and   also  in  Case  the 


256  The  City  Records,  1785. 

same  should  be  determined  in  favour  of  Mrs.  Lansing,  that  then  it  should 
remain  open  for  such  a  time  as  may  be  Convenient  to  direct  the  Water 
Course  another  Way. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  9>h  Sepr,  1785. 
Resolved  that  Baltis  van  Benthuysen  be  directed  to  Desist  from  break- 
ing down  the  new  store  untill  further  Orders. 

A  Petition  of  John  H.  Ten  Eyck,  Barent  Ten  Eyck  and  Others,  mem- 
bers of  the  Dutch  Church  in  this  City,  praying  an  exchange  of  the 
Ground  Granted  by  this  Board  in  1760,  and  that  in  such  exchange  the 
Church  to  Surrender  all  the  Ground  lying  to  the  north  of  the  Schenec- 
tady Road,  and  the  Board  to  Grant  Certain  Lands  to  the  South  of  said 
Road  as  described  in  a  map  delivered  with  the  Petition,  was  Read  &  filed. 
A  Petition  from  John  R.  Bleeker  and  others  praying  that  the  Road 
leading  from  Jacob  Bleeker  Junrs  house  to  Schenectady,  be  not  Stopped, 
was  Read  and  filed. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  10  Sepr,  1785. 
Whereas  Mr.  Baltis  van  Benthuysen,  Contrary  to  a  Resolution  of  this 
Board,   has  Yesterc^ay  Broak   down   the  Roof  of  the   new  Store  house; 
Therefore 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Van  Benthuysen  at  his  own  expence  Repair  the 
Same,  and  that  he  begin  the  said  Repairs  on  Monday  next. 

This  day,  pursuant  to  notice,  the  old  store  was  sold  in  Lotts,  as  fol- 
lows : 

To  Squres  &  Th^  Bradford,  Lot  No.  1 £8:0:0 

James  Elliott 2 5:0:0 

William  Zoble  3 4:0:0 

Do  4 6:0:0 

Do  5 12:0:0 

City  Hall,  Albany,  12ii'  Septr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Jellis  Winne  be  directed  to  Repair  the  Roof  of  the 
new  Store  with  all  possible  speed,  and  that  he  Keep  an  exact  account  of 
the  Expences. 

Resolved  that  the  exchange  proposed  to  made  by  this  Board  with  the 
Trustees  of  the  Lutherian  Church,  be  agreed  to,  and  that  deeds  be  exe- 
cuted, and  that  the  one  on  the  part  of  this  Board  be  Signed  by  his  Wor- 
ship the  Mayor  and  that  the  City  seal  be  thereto  afiixed,  and  that  M"". 
John  R.  Bleeker,  previous  thereto,  measure  the  same  under  the  Inspec- 
tion of  the  Committee  appointed  for  that  purpose 

City  of  Albany,  17"'  Sepr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  at  the  ensuing  Election,  on  the  29'''  Instant,  An  adi- 
tional  Constable  be  Chosen  in  each  of  the  Wards  of  this  City. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  Orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
the  following  acc'%  (to  wit)  :  To  Ezra  Shaw  £0:10:0  ;  Jellis  Winne  £3:4:0. 

Upon  the  application  of  Coll ".  Peter  Yates  Esqr,  for  the  Purchase  of 
Lot  N'\  1,  2  &  3  with  the  stony  Ridge,  and  four  acres  adjoyning  thereto, 
At  Fort  Hunter,  it  was  proposed  that  the  value  of  the  same  should  be 
ascertained  by  Messrs.   Gerrardus   Lansing,  Jeremiah  Van   Rensselaer  & 


John  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  257 

Henry  Oothovit ;  That  the  payments  be  as  follows  :  one  fourth  part  of  the 
appraized  Value  to  be  paid  at  the  Execution  of  the  Deeds,  and  one  fourth 
part  yearly  thereafter  till  the  whole  is  paid,  with  Lawful  Intrest  after  the 
first  year;  Whereupon  Coll'\  Yates  took  time  to  Consider  as  to  the  mode 
of  payment. 

Eesolved  that  a  fine  of  Eight  shillings  be  imposed  upon  every  Member 
of  this  Board  who  shall  Neglect  to  attend  Common  Council,  when  duly 
warned. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  22'hI  Sepr,  1785. 

Resolved  that  the  Leases  of  the  Lands  at  Fort  Hunter  be  executed 
and  that  they  be  transmitted  to  John  T.  Visscher  and  Abraham  Garrison, 
by  them  to  be  delivered  to  the  Tenants  on  their  executing  Counter  parts. 

Resolved   that  the  Lands  Reserved   for   van  Vranken,    at   Fort 

Hunter,  be  leased  to  John  van  Acken,  Jacob  Seber  and  John  Runnions, 
said  van  Vranken  having  declined  accepting  a  lease  for  said  Lands. 

Resolved  that  the  Road  Masters  be  directed  forth  with  to  Call  upon 
such  of  the  Citizens  as  have  not  worked  the  Number  of  Days  which  they 
have  been  assesed  to  work  at  the  Roads,  and  that  they  proceed  to  com- 
pleat  the  said  Roads  as  soon  as  possible. 

Resolved  also  that  a  Copy  of  the  above  Resolution  be  served  on  the 
Road  Masters. 

Resolved  that  the  Mayor  Sign  the  Bond  of  Submission  to  Jannitie 
Lansing  respecting  the  obstructions  of  the  Creek  running  through  the 
Lot  of  the  said  Jannitie  Lansing,  and  that  the  City  seal  be  affixed  to  said 
Bond. 

Resolved  that  Henry  van  Wie,  the  Goaler,  have  as  much  Stone  from 
the  Fort  as  maybe  sufficient  to  Raise  an  Oven  in  the  Yard  adjoyning  the 
Court  House,  and  that  the  same  be  Considered  as  Public  Property. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 
29'!'  September,  1785 — Present,  John  Ja.  Beekman  Esqr,  Mayor,  Tho- 
mas Hun,  Peter  W.  Yates,  Peter  W.  Douw,  Philip  v.  Rensselaer, 
Esqrs,  Aldermen,  Leonard  Gansevoort  Jum,  Jellis  Winne,  Abraham 
Cuyler,  John  W.  Wendell,  Assistants. 

The  Aldermen  of  the  Respective  wards  Returned  the  Polls  by  them 
taken  on  this  day  for  the  Election  of  Aldermen,  Assistants  and  Consta- 
bles for  the  ensuing  Year,  by  which  it  appears  that  the  following  were 
duly  elected,  viz' : 

For  the  First  Ward — Peter  W.  Yates,  Robert  McClellan,  Aldermen; 
Matthew  Visscher,  John  W.  Wendell,  Assistants;  Jacob  Kidney,  David 
Gibson,  Constables. 

For  the  Second  ward — Philip  van  Rensselaer,  Peter  W.  Douw,  Alder- 
men ;  Cornelius  Cuyler,  Jacob  Ja.  Lansing,  Assistants;  Elijah  Johnston, 
Elijah  Buswell,  Constables. 

For  the  third  Ward — John  Ten  Broeck,  Thomas  Hun,  Aldermen; 
Jellis  Winne,  Leonard  Gansevoort  Junr,  Assistants;  William  Talbut, 
William  Gill,  Constables. 

The  Board  then  proceeded  to  the  appointment  of  a  Chamberlain   and 
Marshal  for  the  ensuing  Year,  when  Peter  W.  Douw  Esqr.  was  appointed 
Chamberlain,  and  James  Elliott  was  appointed  Marshal. 
Hist.  Coll.  a.  33 


258  The  City  Records,  1785. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  14  October,  1785. 

This  being  the  day  appointed  by  Charter  for  the  Quallification  of  the 
Officers  of  the  Corporation,  when  the  following  Gentlemen  appeared  and 
were  Sworn  : 

John  Ja.  Beeknian  Esqr,  Mayor,  Peter  W.  Yates,  Peter  W.  Douw, 
John  Ten  Broeck,  Escp,  Aldermen;  Matthew  Visscher,  Jellis  Winne, 
Cornells  Cuyler,  Jacob  Ja.  Lansing,  Assistants.     James  Elliott,  Marshall. 

llesolved  that  no  Substitute  for  Constable  be  hereafter  Received  unless 
the  substitute  Lives  and  Resides  in  the  same  ward  where  the  person  who 
is  Chosen  Constable  Resides. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  14'h  November,  1785. 

Thomas  Hun  Esqr,  elected  one  of  the  Aldermen  of  the  third  Ward, 
appeared  in  Common  Council  and  was  sworn  to  the  due  execution  of  his 
office.  Leonard  Gansevoort  Junr,  elected  one  of  the  assistants  of  the 
third  Ward,  and  John  W.  Wendell,  elected  one  of  the  assistants  of  the 
first  Ward,  appeared  in  Common  Council  and  were  Respectively  sworn  to 
the  due  execution  of  their  Office. 

Resolved  that  Jacob  van  Schaick,  Gerrit  W.  van  Schaick  and  Coll^. 
Goose  van  Schaick  have  the  Ground  in  the  Rear  of  their  Lotts  at  two 
pence  ^^  Square  foot,  and  which  Lotts  are  to  be  surveyed  before  any 
Conveyances  are  made,  and  the  Eastern  Line  to  be  subject  to  the  Direc- 
tion of  this  Board.  Mr.  Jacob  van  Schaick  appeared  before  the  Board 
and  accepted  the  same. 

A  Petition  of  John  Kinney,  Cyrus  De  Hart  and  William  Pennington, 
Propriators  of  the  Northern  Stage  Waggon,  praying  a  Regulation  of  the 
Ferry  in  their  Favour,  was  Read  and  filed.  Ordered  that  the  Considera- 
tion of  the  said  Petition  be  posponed. 

A  Petition  of  William  Dale,  praying  a  Lot  of  Ground  adjoyning  the 
Lot  of  the  Widow  Glens  in  the  second  ward  was  Read;  ordered  that  the 
Members  of  the  second  ward  Locate  a  spot  for  the  said  Dale,  and  that  in 
such  Location  they  take  especial  care  that  it  does  not  interfere  with  any 
public  street,  and  that  they  Report  their  proceedings  with  all  Convenient 
speed. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Robert  Lewis  for  the  amount  of  his  acc^,  being  £13:17:10. 

A  Petition  of  Cornells  van  Deusen,  one  of  the  Watchmen,  praying  for 
the  advancing  a  small  sum  of  Money  for  the  purpose  of  purchasing 
Beef  was  Ptead,  and  an  application  of  the  rest  of  the  Watchmen  for  the 
like  purpose,  Mr.  Visscher  moved  and  was  Secconed  that  pursuant  to  a 
Law  of  this  State,  the  Sum  of  Five  Hundred  Pounds  be  Raised  by  Tax 
within  this  City  for  the  purposes  in  said  act  Mentioned;  on  the  Question 
being  put,  it  passed  as  follows  : 

For  the  affirmative — Aldermen  Yates,  McClallen,  ass^  Wendell, Visscher. 

For  the  Negative — Aldermen  Ten  Broeck,  Hun,  ass^  Gansevoort  Junr, 
Cuyler. 

The  Board  being  equally  divided,  His  Worship  the  Mayor  declared 
him  self  for  the  affirmative. 

Therefore  Resolved  that  the  Sum  of  Five  Hundred  Pounds  be  Raised  by 
tax  within  this  City,  and  that  the  same  be  raised  to  and  for  the  purposes 
in  the  said  Act  mentioned ;  and  that  the  Assesors  be  directed  imediately  to 


John  J.  Beehnan,  Mayor.  259 

lay  the  assesment,  and  that  the  Clerk  serve  the  assesors  with  a  Copy  of 
this  Resolution. 

Resolved  that  Assistants  Gansevoort  Junr  and  Visscher  be  a  Committee 
to  take,  on  Loan,  for  the  use  of  this  Board,  any  sum  not  exceeding  £100, 
and  that  if  the  same  Cannot  be  had  on  the  Security  of  this  Board,  that 
the  members  will  Give  their  private  Bonds  for  the  payment  of  the  same. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  three  be  appointed  to  revise  the  Ordi- 
nance to  prevent  fire  in  this  City ;  the  Committee  appointed  were  Messrs, 
assistants  Visscher,  Cuyler  and  Gansevoort  Junr. 

The  Board  then  proceeded  to  the  appointment  of  Chimney  Viewers, 
and  therefor  the  following  persons  were  appointed  : 

Daniel  Hewson,  Marte  Myndertse,  For  the  first  ward. 

John  F.  Pruyn,  Thomas  L.  Wittbeck,  For  the  Second  ward. 

Gerrit  A.  Lansing,  Maus  R.  v.  Vranken,  For  the  Third  Ward. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  28  November,  1785. 

Messrs.  Donald  McDonald,  Kennet  Chisholm  &  John  Grant,  in  behalf 
of  themselves  and  about  200  others,  applyed  to  this  Board,  for  leave  to 
Land  in  this  City  and  to  have  the  use  of  the  Barracks  to  shelter  them- 
selves in  the  Course  of  this  Winter  ;  Thereupon 

Resolved  that  they  be  permitted  to  Land  and  Occupy  the  Barracks 
untill  the  first  day  of  may  next,  on  Condition  that  the  said  Donald  Mc- 
Donald, Kennet  Chisholm  and  John  Grant  make  out  a  List  of  the  Names 
of  all  the  persons  that  may  Land,  and  Pinter  into  Bonds  that  the  said 
Persons  or  Either  of  them  shall  not  become  Chargeable  to  the  Destrict 
of  Albany,  be  of  Good  behaviour  and  not  Committ  any  Waste. 

Resolved  that  in  Case  the  purchasers  of  the  old  Store  do  not  within 
six  days  from  this  Date  Remove  the  Same,  that  then  this  Board  will 
order  the  same  to  be  pulled  down. 

Whereas  it  is  represented  to  this  Board  that  several  Persons  Residing 
on  the  Ground  belonging  to  Stephen  van  Rensselaer  Esqr,  Opposite  the 
old  Store,  Live  very  Disorderly ;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  His  Worship  Mr.  Recorder  be  Requested  to  speak  to  Mr. 
Van  Rensselaer  on  the  subject  and  Desire  him  to  Remove  such  Persons. 

On  Motion  of  Mr.  Visscher, 

Resolved  that  assistants  Gansevoort  Junr,  Wendell,  Cuyler  and  Lan- 
sing be  a  Committee  for  examining  and  Auditing  all  accounts  that  may 
be  brought  in  against  this  Board  until  the  14i'i  day  of  October  next. 

On  Reading  the  Petition  of  Messrs.  Allen  &  Bentley,  two  of  the  Com- 
edians, 

Resolved  that  they  be  permitted  to  exhibit  their  Theritical  Perform- 
ance in  this  City  at  such  place  and  at  such  times  as  they  shall  think  pro- 
per and  Convenient. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  12'h  December,  1785. 

A  Petition  of  Harman  Gansevoort,  John  Ja.  Lansing  and  Others,  was 
Read  and  filed. 

Alderman  Hun  Moved  that  the  Comedians  have  not  the  Liberty  to 
exhibit  their  Theritrical  performances  in  the  Hospital,  and  on  the  Ques- 
tion being  put  to  agree  to  the  Motion,  it  was  Carried  in  the  Negative,  as 
follows  (to  wit)  : 


260  ■  Tlie  City  Records,  1785. 

For  the  Motion — Aldermen  Hun,  Ten  Broeck,  Assistants  Gansevoort 
Junr,  Lansing — 4. 

Against  the  Motion — Mr.  Mayoi',  Mr.  Recorder,  Aldermen  Yates,  van 
Eensselaer,  Douw,  McClallen,  Assistants  Wendell,  Winne,Visscher — 9. 

Resolved  that  in  the  Opinion  of  this  Board,  they  have  not  a  Legal 
"Right  to  prohibit  the  Company  of  Comedians  in  this  City,  from  exhibit- 
ing their  Theatrical  performances. 

Resolved  that  as  a  Formal  application  was  made  by  the  said  Company 
of  Comedians  to  this  Board,  for  leave  to  occupy  two  Rooms  in  the  Hos- 
pital for  this  purpose,  and  as  this  application  was  notorious  and  not  Hastily 
Granted,  so  that  sufficient  time  was  afforded  to  the  Inhabitants  to  Express 
their  Sentiments,  and  altho  the  permission  was  Granted  in  formality  by  a 
Majority  of  Members  Composing  the  Corporation,  they  Conceive  that  it 
would  be  unjust  at  this  time  and  forfeit  their  Honour  to  Deprive  the  said 
Company  of  Comedians  of  the  use  of  the  said  Rooms,  and  Subject  them 
to  useless  Expence. 

Resolved  that  the  Five  Mile  House  be  sold  at  private  sale,  and  if  not 
sold  by  the  first  day  of  March  next  then  to  be  leased,  and  that  Notice 
thereof  be  Given  in  the  papers  accordingly. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  22  December,  1785. 

A  Petition  of  John  Tunnicliff  and  Samuel  Seulthorp,  praying  a  Lease 
for  about  Two  Hundred  Acres  of  Land  on  the  South  of  the  Schenectady 
Road,  opposite  the  Three  Mile  Stone,  was  Read  and  ordered  to  Lie  on  the 
Table. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accts,  to  wit :  Christopher  Bogert  4^:17s:6(Z ;  Matthew  Wat>*on 
\l:12.s:M;  Killiaen  Winne  10/:13s:6fZ;  iMaus  R.  v.  Vranken  \ll-As:Qd; 
Jacob  Ja.  Lansing  ll-2s:M;  William  Fuller  \l-2s:Qd;  Charles  Numan 
'dhbs-M;  Jacob  Ja.  Lansing  2?:0.s:6f?;  Andrew  Able  0/:18s:0f?;  Jacob 
Bloomendal  10^:14s:6(i? ;  Leonard  Gansevoort  Esqr.  2.1:1  s:od  ;  John  Davis 
5^:15s:6c/;  Peter  McDougald  9^:5s:3(Z;  John  Crum  9/:7s:6fZ;  William 
Deal  10?:3s:9fZ;  James  McGurchy  5/:19s:3fZ;  Donald  McDonald  IhQr.M; 
Maus  R.  Van  Vranken  Al:bs-M.;  Henry  Zobles  2Z:10.s:0(7;  Robert  Mc- 
Gurchy 2h^s-M;  James  McGurchy  0/:9s:0cZ ;  Hugh  Lenox  33/:0s:0(Z; 
James  McGurchy  2/:0s:6tZ;  Peter  McGibbons  l/:7s:0f/;  James  Boyd  23^:- 
{)s-M ;  William  Martin  2Z:0s:6r7 ;  James  Angus  7/:3s:0(/ ;  John  Tingue 
Ol:Qs-M;  Tennis  Slingerlandt  IhlOs-.^d ;  John  Fryer  3/:14s:0<?;  Jacob 
Fryer  2l:\0s:M;  John  Taylor  2l:lls:Qd;  Matthew  Watson  ^l:Os:M; 
Joseph  Welch  GZ:15s:0(?;  James  Eckerson  ll:'^s:Qd. 

Also,  the  following  ace"'  .  Charles  R.Webster  9Z:0s:0(Z;  James  Elliott, 
for  6  m".  Salary  9Z:0s:0f/;  James  Smith  ll:\s:M ;  Volkert  Dawson  9Z:0s:0rf; 
Eli  Arnold  \l:\Qs-S)d ;  Jellis  Winne  lZ:12s:9|(^;  John  Mentline  l/:Os:0(Z; 
Hugh  Lenox  2/:13s:GfZ;  Philip  Hoffman  0Z:10s:0fZ;  John  Heath  5/:0s:2(?; 
3ohn  Bleeckcr  20/:10:0(/j  Peter  McHarg  2U.<ds-M ;  James  Gifi'ord  33Z- 
15s:0f/;  Robert  Lansing  ll-As:^d;  Daniel  Winne  46/:7s:6(/;  Joseph  Yates 
0Z:8s:5fZ;  William  Norton  0Z:12s:0rZ;  Jellis  Fonda  l/:16s:0(/;  John  Batch- 
elor  l/:15.s:0(Z;  John  N.  Bleekcr  dl-.Qs-.M;  Alexander  McDonald  ll:\\s:Qd; 
Duncan  Farguson  13/:4s:U;  Maus  R.  van  Vranken  (ihlbs-.dd ;  Benjamin 
Goewy    l^:Os:0(Z;    Edward  Davis  0Z:10s:0c7;    Charles   Gordon   QtAs-M; 


Jolm  J.  Beekman,  Mayor.  261 

Guysbert  Van  Schoonhoven  12?:8s:0c?;  Greorge  Guise  22^:5s:3f?;  Barent 
Bogert  U-.Qs-M. 

Resolved  that  Assistants  Leonard  Gansevoort  Jun^,  Lansing  &  Wendell 
be  a  Committee  to  Revise  the  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Ferry. 

Resolved  that  Matthew  Visscher  Esqr  Revise  all  the  Ordinances,  and 
that  a  Report  thereof  be  made  with  all  Dispatch. 


1786. 

At  a  Common  Council  held  at  the  City  Hall  of  the  City  of  Albany,  the 

16ii'  January,  1786 — Present  John  Ja.  Beekman  Esqr,  Mayor,  Leonard 

Gansevoort  Esqr,   Recorder,   Robert  McClallen,  Philip  V.  Rensselaer, 

Peter  W.  Douw,  Esqrs,  Aldermen,  Leonard  Gansevoort  Junr,  John  W. 

Wendell,  Jellis  Winne,  Matthew  Visscher,  Assistants. 

Resolved  that  Peter  Sharp  and  Gerrit  G.  Mercelis  be  and  they  are 
hereby  appointed  Chimney  Viewers  for  the  Second  ward,  in  the  Room  & 
Stead  of  John  P.  Pruyn  and  Thomas  L.  Wittbeck. 

Resolved  that  Matthew  Visscher  and  Leonard  Gansevoort  Junr  be 
requested  forthwith  to  proceed  forthwith  to  Perpetuate  the  Testimony  of 
John  D.  Peyster  Esqr,  Respecting  the  Indian  Deed  of  Fort  Hunter 
Flatts. 

Resolved  that  Cornells  van  Schaack  be  appointed  Bell  Ringer  for  12 
and  8  oClock,  in  the  Room  and  Stead  of  John  I.  Redlif,  and  that  he  be 
allowed  the  Same  pay  which  was  allowed  to  Redlief. 

Whereas  the  Corporation  of  this  City,  some  time  in  the  year  1772,  did 
Grant  an  order  on  their  Chamberlain  in  favour  of  John  Roerbach  for 
£16:1:4,  which  Order  was  by  the  said  Roerbach  assigned  to  Abraham 
Vates  Junr  Esqr,  as  Treasurer  of  the  Fire  Company,  and  it  has  been 
Suggested  that  the  said  order  has  been  lost  by  Fire ;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  Order  on  the  Chamberlain  for  the 
said  Sixteen  Pounds  one  Shilling  and  four  pence,  and  that  the  same 
be  made  payable  to  the  said  Abraham  Yates  Jun'",  as  Treasurer  to  the 
said  Company. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  to  pay  to 
James  Elliott,  the  sum  of  nine  pounds. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  2'"i  Febry,  1786. 

The  Committee  appointed  to  Revise  tl^e  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the 
Ferry,  Reported  amendments  thereto,  which  being  Read  and  amended, 
were  agreed  to  and  are  in  the  following  words,  to  wit : 

For  transporting  every  person  across  said  Ferry  two  Coppers,  provided 
that  a  sucking  Child  or  some  remnants  of  Goods  or  other  things  not 
herein  after  Rated,  which  a  Person  carries  in  his  or  her  arms,  be  free 
from  paying  Ferriage. 

A  Man  and  Horse,  Ox  or  Cow,  Nine  Pence. 

A  Calf  or  Hogg,  Two  Coppers;  a  Sheep  or  Lamb,  Two  Coppers. 

For  every  Waggon  and  two  Horses,  together  with  its  Loading,  provided 
the  same  remains  on  the  waggon,  Two  Shillings. 

For  every  Team,  Cart  or  Waggon,   drawn  by  Four   Horses  or  Oxen, 


262  The  City  Records,  1786. 

with  or  without  Loading,  Three  Shillings,  and  Six  pence  for  every  Ox 
or  Horse  above  that  Number,  and  so  in  a  less  propotion. 

For  every  Chaise  or  Chair  k  Horse,  one  Shillings  and  Six  pence. 

For  every  full  Chest  or  Trunk,  four  Coppers;  For  every  Empty  Chest 
or  Trunk,  two  Coppers;  For  every  Barril  of  Rum,  Sugar,  Mollasses  or 
other  full  Barril,  Four  Coppers. 

And  Be  it  further  ordained  by  the  Authority  aforesaid,  that  the  Pro- 
piators  of  the  Stage  plying  between  the  City  of  Alb>"  and  New  York, 
with  the  Baggage  and  Passengers  in  the  Said  stage,  shall  for  every  time 
the  same  be  transported  a  Cross  the  said  Ferry,  pay  the  sum  of  Two 
Shillings,  and  if  the  Ferryman  or  Ferry  Men  shall  Neglect  or  Refuse 
to  transport  the  said  Stages  in  preferrenee  to  any  other  Carriage  what- 
ever, whether  the  same  be  by  night  or  day,  the  said  Ferryman  or  Ferry- 
men shall  forfeit  and  pay  the  sum  of  Forty  Shillings. 

And  be  it  further  ordained  by  the  Authority  aforesaid,  that  if  the  said 
Ferry  Man  or  Ferry  men  shall  neglect  or  Refuse  to  transport  a  Cross  the 
said  Ferry  auy  Person  or  Persons  or  any  article  or  thing  whatsoever,  He 
or  they  shall  forfeit  and  pay  for  every  such  Offence,  the  sum  of . 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 
following  accounts  (to  wit):  To  Cuyler  and  Gansevoort  ll:12s'.Qd;  John 
Ten  Broeck  Esqr  2/:3s:0(Z;  Matthew  Watson  2,h\Qs\l d ;  Cuyler  &  Ganse- 
voort 16/:15s:0f7;  Jellis  Winne  \2l:2s:lld. 

Resolved  that  this  Board,  from  the  engagement  made  last  year  with 
Baltis  van  Benthuysen,  conceive  themselves  in  Honour  Bound  to  Give 
the  said  Baltis  van  Benthuysen  the  preemption  of  the  Ferry  Leading  to 
Green  Bush  for  the  ensuing  year ;  the  Question  hereon  being  put,  was 
carryed  in  the  following  manner  : 

For  the  affirmative — Aldermen  McClallen,  v.  Rensselaer,  Ass's  Cuyler, 
Wendell,  Lansing,  Visscher,  Gansevoort  Junr — 7. 

For  the  Negative — Aldermen  Hun,  Ten  Broeck — 2. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  Deliver  to 
each  of  the  watchmen,  to  Jonathan  Brooks  and  Thomas  Seger,  three 
Bushels  of  wheat. 

Resolved  that  Messrs.  Cuyler,  Visscher  and  Gansevoort  Junr,  be  a  Com- 
mittee to  see  what  Lots  on  the  Hill  have  been  sold  by  the  Board,  and  for 
which  no  Deeds  have  been  executed,  and  that  the  said  Committee  also 
enquire  Respecting  a  Road  or  Gang  way  Commonly  Called  the  Rounde- 
gang,  and  Report  thereon. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  7">  Feb-'y,  1786. 

The  Committee  appointed  to  examine  what  Persons  had  purchased 
Lands  from  this  Board  and  who  had  not  taken  Deeds  for  the  Same  Re- 
ported, that  Guysbert  Mercellis,  Volkert  P.  Douw,  John  van  Alen,  David 
Smith,  Samuel  Stringer,  Philip  Wendell,  Paul  Hoghstrasser,  Henry  I.  Bo- 
gert,  Philip  Cuyler,  John  Rolf  and  John  Scott  had  Respectively  no  Deeds. 

Resolved  that  the  Same  Committee  Call  on  the  several  Persons  Above 
mentioned,  and  demand  from  them  the  Consideration  Money  and  tender 
them  Deeds,  and  if  the  said  Persons  should  Refuse  to  pay  the  same,  that 
then  the  said  Committee  demand  an  immediate  Surrender. 

Ptesolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  Deliver 
the  following  Quantities  of  Grain,  and  to  Charge  the  same  to  the  Respec- 


John  J.  Beekman,  Mayor.  263 

tive  accounts  of  the  following  Persons :  James  Elliott,  Three  Bushels 
wheat  and  three  B^  pease;  Volkert  Dawson,  three  Bushels  of  wheat- 
Cornells  van  Deusen,  for  the  Bull,  6  Bushel  pease;  David  Bottery  three 
Bushels  wheat  and  three  Bushels  of  Pease. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  27'''  February,  1786. 

Pursuant  to  Notice,  the  several  Docks  belonging  to  this  City  were  sold 
at  Public  Vendue  for  the  Term  of  One  Year,  to  Peter  Sharp,  for  the 
Sum  of  one  Hundred  and  forty  Pounds,  being  the  Highest  Sum  that 
was  bid  for  the  Same. 

Besolved  that  a  Committee  be  appointed  to  inspect  the  Books,  papers 
and  accounts  of  this  Board  in  the  hands  of  the  Chamberlain  ;  that  the  said 
Committee  have  full  Power  to  Call  upon  all  Person  or  persons  who  are  in- 
debted to  this  Board  to  make  a  Settlement  of  the  Debts  due  to  this  Board 
and  if  Necessary  to  bring  Suits  in  the  Name  of  this  Board  for  monies 
Due ;  to  make  an  estimate  of  the  Debts  due  and  Owing  to  this  Board 
and  of  such  Debts  as  are  Owing  by  this  Board  by  Bond,  account  or  Oth- 
erwise, and  to  lleport  by  monday  next;  the  Committee  appointed  for  this 
purpose.  Assistants  Lansing  and  Gransevoort  Junr, 

Besolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  Deliver 
James  Elliott  Six  Bushel  of  wheat. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  I'^t  day  of  March,  1786. 

The  Board  this  day  Leased  the  Ferry  leading  to  Green  Bush  to  Mr. 
Baltis  van  Benthuysen  for  the  Term  of  one  Year,  for  the  sum  of  one 
Hundred  and  Sixty  Pounds,  in  Quarterly  payments;  that  he  Enters  into 
Lease  with  Covenants  that  he  will  observe  the  Ordinance,  and  in  Case  the 
Rates  of  Ferriage  are  either  encreased  or  Decreased,  that  then  the  Rent 
shall  be  Rated  accordingly. 

That  the  said  Baltis  van  Benthuysen  also  enter  into  Bond  with  Secu- 
rity, to  perform  to  the  Covenants  to  be  contain d  in  the  said  Lease. 

Ordered  that  the  Consideration  of  the  Petition  of  the  inhabitants  of 
this  City,  praying  an  exchange  of  Property  near  the  Mile  Stone,  be  pos- 
poued  till  the  Season  will  admit  of  a  view  of  the  Ground. 

Resolved  that  the  Five  Mile  House  on  the  Schenectady  Road  be  Leased 
for  the  Term  of  Twenty  Years.  Alderman  Rensselaer  offerd  to  take  the 
same  at  the  Rate  of  £25  ^  Year,  in  behalf  of  Mrs.  Woodworth. 

Pursuant  to  the  Covenant  contained  in  the  Lease  to  James  Ricke  and 
by  Him  assigned  to  Robert  Henry,  the  Board  appointed  Messrs.  Gerrit 
Visscher,  Peter  Sharp  and  Jonathan  Brooks  to  appraise  the  Buildin^-s 
commonly  Called  the  five  Mile  House ;  that  the  said  Gentlemen  also 
report  such  Reparations  as  are  Necessary. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  18"'  March,  1786. 

APetition  of  the  Minister,  Elders  &  Deacons  of  the  Lutherian  Church, 
praying  Liberty  to  Collect  monies  from  the  Benevolent  in  this  City,  for 
the  purpose  of  Building  a  House  of  Worship,  was  Read ;  Thereupon 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  be  directed  to  Inform  the  said  Minister  that 
the  Board  have  no  objection  to  their  setting  on  foot  a  Subscription  for 
the  Purpose  in  their  Petition  Mentioned,  and  that  in  Case  it  should  be 
Necessary,  His  Worship  the  Mayor  will  grant  a  Certificate  to  that  End. 


264  Tlie  City  Records,  1786. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  John  Hall,  for  two  Pounds  nine  shillings  and  six  pence. 

Resolved  that  Messrs.  Glansevoort  Junr  and  Lansing  be  a  Committee  to 
State  and  adjust  the  accounts  of  this  Board,  and  that  the  Faith  of  the 
Corporation  be  pledged  that  the  said  Committee  will  Receive  a  Reasona- 
ble Compensation  for  their  Trouble. 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Jellis  Winne  be  Directed  imediately  to  Open  the 
water  Run  leading  from  the  Lott  of  Robert  Lansing  through  the  south 
Pier  of  the  Lower  Dock,  and  Close  up  that  Leading  the  north  Pier  of 
s'l  Dock. 

Resolved  that  John  Ostrander  be  Directed  to  Deliver  to  James  Elliott 
all  the  Public  Lamps  in  his  Custody. 

Resolved  that  the  Committee  of  accounts  be  directed  to  Call  upon  per- 
sons having  Claims  on  this  Board,  to  Bring  in  the  same  within  a  Certain 
Day  to  be  by  them  Fixed  ;  that  they  appropriate  such  a  Quantity  of  Wheat 
among  them  as  is  in  the  hands  of  the  Chamberlain  (Except  Three  Hun- 
dred Skipples),  that  they  thereby  discharge  the  Smaller  accounts  and 
pay  the  Larger  ones  in  part,  and  in  such  Proportion  as  they  may  conceive 
Just  and  Equitable,  and  that  they  Charge  the  Same  at  six  Shillings  and 
Six  pence  "^  Bushel. 

A  Petition  of  David  Gibson  was  Read  and  Riffered  to  the  Committee 
of  accounts. 

An  ace'  of  Henry  van  Wie  was  allowed  and  Ordered  to  be  paid. 

Messrs.  John  R.  Blocker,  Heni-y  Bogert  and  Gerrit  Groesbeck,  the 
Gentlemen  appointed  to  asscertain  the  Difference  in  Exchange  of  the 
Lots  between  this  Board  and  Mr.  James  Bloodgood,  Report  the  Differ- 
ence to  be  £9:18:0  in  favour  of  Mr.  Bloodgood. 

Ordered  that  the  Chamberlain  pay  the  same,  and  that  the  Deeds  of 
Exchange  be  imediately  drawn  and  Executed. 

Mr.  Cornelius  Cuyler,  one  of  the  assistants  of  the  second  ward,  having 
Removed  from  Town,  Ordered  that  an  Election  in  the  said  ward  be  held 
on  Wensday  next,  at  the  usual  place  of  Election,  and  that  the  usual  no- 
tice be  Given  for  the  purpose. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  21^^  March,  1786. 

The  Committee  of  accounts  Reported  that  the  following  accounts 
Ought  to  be  allowed,  and  that  the  Clerk  draw  Orders  on  the  Chamber- 
lain accordingly  :  To  Glen  and  Bleeker  0/:18s:0fZ;  John  Mailey,  to  be  p^^ 
in  wheat,  2^:12s:9|fZ  ;  Charles  Newman  Ohl^s-.Od ;  James  Fonda  13/:0s:0f/; 
Jacob  van  Loon  3^:18s:6c7;  Samuel  Morril  \U-As:Qd;  Robert  Henry  32?:- 
IQs-M;  Philip  Elsworth  0/:18s:0(?;  Jellis  Winne  ll:Qs-M. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  do  without  delay  furnish  Mr  Cornells 
van  Deusen  with  one  half  Load  of  Hay  for  the  use  of  the  Town  Bull. 

Whereas,  it  has  been  represented  to  this  Board,  that  their  Orders  and 
Drafts  are  attempted  to  be  depreciated  and  purchased  for  less  than  their 
Real  Value ;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  this  Board  will  Settle  and  pay  all  allowed  accounts 
against  them,  and  all  their  orders  and  Drafts  on  the  Chamberlain  to  the 
full  amount  of  such  accounts,  orders  and  Drafts. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  be  Authorized  and  Directed  to  furnish 
Messrs.  Leonard  Gansevoort  and  Jacob  Ja.  Lansing,  the  Committee  of 


Jolm  J.  Beehman,  Mayor.  265 

accounts,  with  all  such  Books  of  accounts,  papers  and  Deeds  as  they  may 
think  proper  and  Necessary,  in  order  to  their  Stating  and  arrangeing  the 
accounts  of  this  Board,  he  taking  their  Receipt  for  the  Same. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  Yates  and  Alderman  Rensselaer  be  the  Com- 
mittee appointed  to  open  the  Road  through  the  Lutherian  Burrying 
Ground. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  27t"  March,  1786. 

Alderman  Van  Rensselaer  returned  the  Poll  held  in  the  Second  Ward 
for  the  Election  of  an  assistant  in  the  said  Ward,  in  the  Room  of  Corne- 
lius Cuyler  who  is  Removed  from  this  City,  from  which  it  appears  that 
Mr.  Richard  Lush  is  Duly  elected. 

M''.  Lush  appeared  in  Common  Council  and  was  duly  Sworn  to  the 
execution  of  his  said  Office. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Stevenson,  Douw  &  Ten  Eyck,  for  £11:5:0. 

Resolved  that  the  Mayor  be  requested  not  to  grant  any  Licence  to  Cart- 
men,  unless  they  first  enter  into  Recognizance  for  the  faithful  perform- 
ance of  the  Trust  Reposed  in  them. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  Ten  Broeck  and  assistant  Winne  be  a  Com- 
mittee to  Superintend  the  Addition  ordered  to  be  made  to  the  North  end 
of  the  Market  House. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  8th  April,  1786. 

Resolved  that  any  Creditor  of  this  Board  who  shall  produce  an  account 
Current,  and  the  Ballance  of  Such  account.  Certified  by  the  Committee 
of  accounts  appointed  by  this  Board,  shall  be  entitled  to  a  Bond  from 
this  Board,  if  such  sum  shall  exceed  £25 ;  and  if  under,  then  a  Sealed 
note,  bearing  Lawfull  Intrest;  provided  such  ace'.  Current,  Bond  or  note 
shall  be  formed  and  drawn  at  the  expence  of  the  persons  applying. 

Resolved  that  William  McKown  have  Leave  at  his  own  expence  to  build 
a  Barn  on  the  Lott  at  the  five  mile  house,  and  at  the  expiration  of  his 
Lease,  the  same  be  apprized  by  three  persons  to  be  appointed  for  the  pur- 
pose, the  amount  of  which  shall .  be  paid  by  the  Board  to  the  said  Mc- 
Kown, and  that  a  Clause  for  that  purpose  be  inserted  iu  his  Lease. 

Resolved  that  the  said  McKown  be  at  liberty  to  make  Repairs  to  the 
five  mile  house  to  the  amount  of  Twenty  five  pounds,  and  that  from  the 
time  he  advances  the  same,  he  be  allowed  Intrest  until  the  like  sum 
becomes  due  for  rent. 

Resolved  that  upon  a  Certificate  of  the  Committee  of  accounts,  the 
Clerk  be  authorized  to  Draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  for  the  pay- 
ment of  Such  Sum  or  Sums  of  money  as  the  said  Committee  shall  Certify 
to  be  due  upon  any  accounts  exhibited  to  them. 

Resolved  that  a  Committee  of  Six  be  appointed  to  go  round  this  City 
and  its  Vicinity,  with  the  Subscription  list  for  the  Academy ;  the  Com- 
mittee appointed  were  Aldermen  Tea  Broeck,  McClallen  and  van  Rensse- 
laer, and  assistants  Lush,  Wendell  and  Gausevoort  Junr. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  15"'  April,  1786. 
Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  issue  three  Bushels  of  Pease  to  Corne- 
lis  van  Deusen,  for  the  use  of  the  City  Bull. 
Hist.  Coll  a.  34 


266  The  City  Records,  1786. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  18"'  May,  1786. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  Cor- 
nells van  Deusen,  Arent  van  Deusen  and  Jacob  van  Loon,  Each  the  Sum 
of  Twenty  Shillings  for  their  Services  in  picking  up  Nails,  &c.,  after  the 
Destruction  of  the  Barracks  by  fire.  Also,  to  pay  James  Food  the  Sum 
of  two  pounds  twelve  shillings  and  six  pence,  for  taking  up  and  Remov- 
ing the  Dead  Bodies  out  of  the  Lutherian  Burrying  ground,  taken  in 
for  the  Street;  the  said  Suut  to  be  paid  in  Wheat. 

3D.  Mayor  laid  before  the  Board  a  Resolution  of  the  Commissioners 
of  the  Land  Office  of  the  lOt'i  May  Ins',  assigning  the  seccond  Teusday 
in  October  next,  for  Hearing  the  Claim  of  this  Board  Respecting  the 
Lands  at  Fort  Hunter ;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Recorder,  Alderman  Hun,  Assistants  Visscher  and 
Lush  be  a  Committee  to  Report  what  Steps  are  Necessary  to  be  taken  by 
this  Board  to  assert  their  Right  to  the  said  Lands ;  and  that  the  said 
Committee  be  empowered  to  employ  such  and  so  many  Council  as  they 
shall  concieve  proper;  and  further,  that  the  said  Committee  Report  with- 
out Delay. 

A  Petition  of  the  Trustees  of  the  Lutherian  Church,  praying  a  Quan- 
tity of  Stone  for  the  Foundation  of  their  Church ;  Thereupon 

Resolved  that  the  said  Trustees  be  permitted  to  take  from  such  part  of 
the  Fort  as  Aldermen  Rensselaer  &  Yates  and  Mr.  Lush  shall  assign  and 
direct.  One  Hundred  and  fifty  Loads  of  Stone,  they  first  entering  into 
Bond  for  a  Return  of  a  like  Quantity  and  of  like  Quality  on  or  before 
the  first  day  of  April  next. 

A  Petition  of  Joseph  Caldwell  of  this  City  was  Read,  and  Thereupon 

Resolved  that  although  the  Board  approve  of  Mr.  Caldwells  plan,  yet 
as  the  finances  of  the  Board  are  not  in  a  Situation  to  Build  the  adition 
to  the  Market  House  in  the  manner  proposed,  the  prayer  of  the  Petition 
Cannot  be  Granted. 

A  Petition  of  Samuel  Betty,  praying  a  Small  Lot  of  Ground  back  of 
the  Fort  for  the  use  of  Building  a  House  for  the  Residence  of  himself 
&  family. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  and  assistants  of  the  Second  ward  be 
Directed  to  assign  a  Spot  of  Ground  for  the  purpose,  and  under  such 
Restrictions  and  reservations  as  they  shall  think  proper. 

Whereas  this  Board  have  Received  information  that  a  Small  Hutt  has 
been  Built  without  consent,  near  the  place  where  the  Barracks  stood, 
by  some  Person  or  Persons  unknown,  who  keep  a  Riotous  and  Disorderly 
House;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  the  Possesors  thereof  do,  on  or  before  Wednesday  next, 
take  down  and  Remove  the  same,  or  that  this  Board  will  Order  the  same 
to  be  pulled  down  by  the  Constables  of  the  City. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  to 
James  Elliott,  Four  Pounds  Ten  Shillings  for  a  Quarter  of  a  Years  Salary 
as  Marshall. 

Resolved  that  Aldermen  Rensselaer  and  Yates  and  assistants  Visscher 
&  Gansevoort  Junr,  be  a  Committee  to  Cause  such  Bridge  to  be  made  a 
Cross  the  Rutten  Kill  by  the  Lutherian  Burrying  Ground  as  they  may 
think  proper. 


John  J.  Beekman,  Mayor.  267 

City  Hall,  Albany,  19'i'  June,  1786. 

A  Petition  signed  by  a  Number  of  the  Inhabitants  of  the  Seccond 
Ward  was  laid  before  the  Board,  praying  that  an  order  may  be  made  for 
Repairing  the  Pumps  and  Cleaning  the  Cisterns  in  the  said  Ward ; 

Resolved  that  the  Prayer  of  the  said  Petition  be  Granted,  and  that  it 
be  Ptecomended  to  the  Aldermen  and  assistants  of  the  Seccond  Ward  to 
Carry  the  Same  immediately  into  execution. 

A  Petition  of  Isaac  Slingerlandt,  praying  for  Leave  to  possess  a  Tract 
of  Land  belonging  to  this  Board  at  Schatchtikook ; 

Resolved  that  the  Consideration  of  the  prayer  of  the  said  Petition  be 
postponed  until  the  Board  shall  Convene  at  Schatchtikook. 

Resolved  that  the  Chamberlain  Charge  the  Wheat  Delivered  to  the 
Creditors  of  the  Corporation  at  Six  Shillings  ^  Bushell. 

Resolved  that  a  new  well  be  made  without  delay  in  the  first  ward,  be- 
tween the  Houses  of  John  A.  Lansing  and  Robert  Hilton,  under  the 
superintendence  and  Direction  of  the  Aldermen  of  said  ward,  and  that 
they  may  convert  of  the  Stone  of  the  Fort  and  if  necessary  of  the  Bar- 
racks for  that  purpose. 

Resolved  that  the  Aldermen  &  assistants  of  the  several  wards  do 
inspect  the  several  Wells  and  Pumps  in  this  City,  and  that  they  Cause 
the  old  ones  to  be  Repaired  and  such  new  ones  to  be  constructed  as  they 
shall  deem  Necessary. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  24'''  June,  1786. 

His  Worship  the  Mayor  laid  before  the  Board  a  Petition  of  Harme 
G-ansevoort,  Peter  Gansevoort  and  Others,  Complaining  that  a  Nuisance, 
consisting  of  a  Large  Pile  of  Boards  and  Plank,  has  been  errected  in  the 
midle  of  the  Street  on  the  South  of  the  Market  House;  Therefore 

Resolved  that  the  Boards  and  Plank  mentioned  in  the  foregoing  Peti- 
tion be  immediately  Removed  out  of  the  Street  by  the  Owner  of  the  said 
Boards  &  Plank,  and  that  a  Coppy  of  the  preceding  Resolution  be  served 
on  Doctor  Samuel  Stringer. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Cornells  van  Deusen,  for  two  pounds  nineteen  shillings,  being  in  full 
for  tending  the  Publick  Bull. 

Whereas,  the  following  Ordinances  having  expired  the  17"'  Instant, 

Resolved  that  the  same  be  and  are  hereby  Revived  and  Continued  for 
the  Term  one  year  next  ensuing : 

1.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Ferry  between  Albany  and  Green 
Bush  and  for  establishing  the  Rates  thereof. 

2.  An  ordinance  for  paving  and  Cleaning  the  Streets,  &c.,  and  pi'event- 
ing  Nuisances  in  the  City  of  Albany. 

3.  An  ordinance  for  Regulating  the  lying  of  Vessells  at  the  Several 
Docks  and  wharfs  of  this  City  and  ascertaining  the  Rates  for  the  same. 

4.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Carts  and  Carmen  in  the  City  of 
Albany. 

5.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Public  Marketts  in  the  City  of 
Albany, 

6.  An  Ordinance  against  the  Profanation  of  the  Lords  day. 

7.  An  Ordinance  for  the  better  securing  the  City  of  Albany  from  the 
Danger  of  Gun  Powder. 


268  TJie  City  Records,  1786. 

8.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Negroes,  Mollatoes  and  other  Slaves 
in,  the  City  of  Albany. 

9.  An  Ordinance  for  the  better  preventing  of  Fire  in  the  City  of 
Albany. 

10.  An  Ordinance  for  the  Marking  of  Bread. 

11.  An  Ordinance  to  prevent  accidents  by  fast  and  immoderate  Riding. 

12.  An  Ordinance  to  prevent  Raffling  in  the  City  of  Albany. 

13.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Tavern  Keepers  in  the  City  of 
Albany. 

14.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  the  Office  of  Chamberlain  or  Trea- 
surer of  the  City  of  Albany. 

15.  An  Ordinance  for  a  Sworn  Surveyor  of  the  City  of  Albany. 

16.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Midwives  in  the  City  of  Albany. 

17.  An  Ordinance  for  prohibiting  Hawkers  and  Pedlers  in  the  City  of 
Albany. 

18.  An  Ordinance  for  Regulating  Fences  in  the  City  of  Albany. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  1  July,  1786. 

Mr.  Bareut  H.  Ten  P]yck  complained  to  the  Board  that  he  was  Ordered 
to  pave  the  street  where  he  had  a  public  Drain  amended  last  year ; 
that  as  the  said  Drain  is  of  Equal  Utility  to  Other  Persons  in  the  Neigh- 
bourhood, they  Ought  to  aid  and  assist  him  in  said  Pavement : 

Resolved  that  Mr.  Ten  Eyck  do  without  delay  make  or  cause  to  be 
made  the  Pavement  aforesaid,  as  far  as  the  said  Drain  was  taken  up,  in 
such  manner  and  form  as  any  one  of  the  Aldermen  of  the  First  ward 
shall  order  and  Direct,  and  that  each  person  whose  private  drain  Com- 
municates with  the  said  Public  Drain  shall  bear  and  pay  a  Porportionable 
part  of  the  Cost  and  expeuce  of  such  pavement. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  Lucas  van  Veghten  for  £2:3:2. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  3  July,  1786. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  an  order  on  the  Chamberlain,  in  favour 
of  John  Foster,  for  Sixteen  Shillings;  also,  to  William  McFarland  for 
£0:18:0. 

A  Petition  of  Baltis  van  Benthuysen  was  laid  before  the  Board,  pray- 
ing to  Baild  a  House  at  the  Ferry  according  to  the  Dimentions  set  forth 
in  his  said  Petition; 

Resolved  Alderman  Rensselaer  &  assistants  Winne  &  Wendell  be  a 
Committee  upon  the  Subject  of  said  Petition. 

City  Hall,  Albany,  15ti'  July,  1786. 

Mr.  Visscher  laid  before  the  Board  an  account  of  Messrs.  Cuyler  & 
G-ansevoort,  Liquidated  by  the  Committee  of  Accounts,  amounting  to 
£72:1:10J. 

Resolved  that  a  Bond  be  executed  to  the  above  persons  for  the  above 
Sum,  bearing  Lawfull  Intrest  from  the  29t''  day  of  June  last;  that  His 
Worship  the  Mayor  Sign  the  same,  and  that  the  City  Seal  be  thereto 
affixed,  and  that  the  accounts  be  Delivered  to  the  Chamberlain,  and  an 
Entry  be  made  of  this  Transaction  in  His  Books. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  pay  the 


John  J.  Beehnan,  Mayor.  269 

following  acc's  (to  wit)  :  To  Henry  van  Wie,  for  Cleaning  the  Council 
Koom  £1:8:6;  William  Shepherd  £3:2:0 ;  Henry  van  \A^ie  £1:16:0 ;  the 
above  to  be  paid  in  wheat.  To  Henry  Redlif,  for  attending  the  City 
Watch  from  1  January,  1786,  to  last  of  June  following. 

Resolved  that  the  Clerk  draw  orders  on  the  Chamberlain  to  Deliver 
Jacob  Bloomendall  &  Nicholas  Redliff  Each  six  Skiples  of  Wheat  on 
account;  also  an  order  in  favour  of  Jonathan  Brooks  for  three  Pounds, 
in  Wheat,  and  also,  in  favour  of  Thomas  Gilford  and  AVilliam  Kirkland 
each  Twenty  Bushels  of  wheat. 

Resolved  that  Alderman  McClallen  and  assistant  Wendell  do  without 
delay  cause  a  Stone  Arch  Drain  to  be  made,  of  four  feet  wide  and  three 
feet  high,  to  the  South  of  the  City  Hall  and  from  the  West  end  thereof 
to  the  River. 

Resolved  that  the  22"ii  Instant,  being  the  Jubilee  of  the  Charter  of 
this  City,  be  commemorated  By  a  Public  Feast  in  the  City  Hall ;  that  a 
Committee  of  five  be  appointed  to  procure  the  Materials  Necessary  and  to 
Regulate  the  Same ;  the  Committe  appointed  were,  Aldermen  Rensselaer 
&  Yates  and  assistants  Wendell,  Lush  and  Winne. 

The  Committee  appointed  on  the  Petition  of  Baltis  van  Benthuysen, 
relating  the  House  at  the  Ferry,  Report  as  follows: 

The  House  to  be  Fifty  feet  by  forty,  of  Two  Stories  high,  viz'  :  The 
Lower  Stories  10  feet  High,  the  Upper  an  attick  Story  of  7  feet  high ; 
4  Rooms  on  each  Floor;  a  Pitch  Roof;  4  Stacks  of  C